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The Baltimore Sun


In the 1982 Supreme Court case Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District v. Pico, the Court found that local school boards may not remove books from school library shelves simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books. The court ruled that students First Amendment rights were violated when Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" and eight other titles were removed from school libraries. The Island Trees (NY) School District School Board had removed the books in 1976 calling them anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic and just plain filthy. hy.