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On air: Should school libraries carry books containing sex and violence?

Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 15:51 UK time, Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Lauren Myracle's book is among those that have been complained about

or is it a parent's right to protect their children and get them banned?

This was an issue raised in our editorial meeting this morning.

And the High school students from Fern Creek High School, who took part, told us they have a restricted shelf in their school library where all books that have received just a single complaint from a parent are placed.

You can only get those books if you specifically request them, as aren't on display. Kyle, Ali and Jabril will be on the show, hopefully speaking to a parent who supports a ban. Let us know your take on his debate, after all it is banned books week .

One book that caused some controversy is Lauren Myracle's Luv Ya Bunches after she refused to alter her plotline by replacing a homosexual couple with a heterosexual couple. 

Another author that has upset some parents is Ellen Hopkins. Her first novel Crank follows a grade A student who falls in love with a guy who introduces her to drugs and her life starts to fall apart.

Do young people need to be protected from this type literature? Enabling them to enjoy the innocence of youth? Or by providing them with information abou life choices does it help them become more rounded people?


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