Fewer books banned in Texas schools
October 2, 2012
The number of books banned in Texas schools decreased during the past school year as more school districts have turned to “review committees” to rule on book challenges.
Texas schools banned 12 books last school year, 2011-2012, a decrease from the 17 taken from shelves the previous year and the lowest number in a decade.
Subjects that concerned parents, teachers and even a bus driver, included topics such as LGBT, teen and race issues; cursing and bad behavior; as well as “creepy illustrations.”
“There’s more awareness on the part of librarians and school administrators about how to handle complaints from parents,” said Terri Burke, executive director. “Administrators are learning how to engage parents in the process when objections are raised by those who want to ban books with messages that are contrary to their personal beliefs.”