Red Flagging Books in Classrooms

Artist: Student Body

Year: 2014

Date of Action: January 2014

Region: North America

Location: Laureldale, PA

Subject: Explicit Sexuality, Political/Economic/Social Opinion, Religion, Sexual/Gender Orientation, Violence

Medium: Literature

Confronting Bodies: Muhlenberg School District

Description of Artwork: Books in classrooms of middle and high school students.

The Incident: Teachers in Muhlenberg School District were asked to inventory their classroom library books. Rating the books' themes as potentially considered: "Culturally Insensitive, Ethnically Insensitive, Regioulsly [sic] Insensitive, Gender Insensitive, Offensive” or “Violence, Profanity, Sexual Conent [sic].”

Results of Incident: School district gave teachers harsh inventory stipulations as well as unreasonable deadlines, forcing the mini libraries to be packed away. The students started an online petition, demanding return of book access.