for those who think that books aren't banned any more, here's a real life school banning in today's age.
stockton school board (stockton, MO) voted unanimously to uphold it's decision in april to ban the novel, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by sherman alexie; from the school curriculum. board member rod tucker said his main concern was the book's language, that it had too much profanity to be of value. he rejected the argument that most kids are familiar with such language and use it regularly.
"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" is about a young resident of an Indian reservation who decides to attend a white high school. there are descriptions of masturbation, sexual language and foul jokes, along with themes encompassing racism, alcoholism and violence. there are also descriptions of how the protagonist, junior, tries to realize his dreams while surviving both life on the reservation and at a new school.
my thought is, whatever parent thinks his child, whether its a boy or a girl, doesn't talk about these kinds of things with theirs friends, they are delusional. sorry parents but it's true. you may not want your kids to read these kinds of books, but i guarantee, they are talking about it with their friends.