Assessment Of Library Censorship in Schools

The Supreme Court has recently ruled that student’s rights are protected under the First Amendment and may be implicated through the removal of books from the school libraries. The Constitution protects the constitutional rights to accept all information and ideas. There are stipulations to this ruling though. School officials are not given the authority to remove books from school library shelves simply because they disagree with information and/or ideas that are contained in the book. They may not seek to advise their own view of politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion in choosing which books on school shelves will be removed. The decision has been made in removing the books but not to the school official’s acquisition or gain. The school itself has the right to remove all/any books that they feel are educationally unbefitting from their libraries.

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