They keep doing it, but they don't always win. Last fall, John Steinbeck's 1937 novel, "Of Mice and Men," was taken out of the Loganville high school in Georgia when the mother of one student complained it was "laced with vulgarity." This parent added up a total of 106 profane words, but had not read the book. The Walton County school regulations call for the immediate pulling of texts when even a single parent complains. The school committee that reviews such challenges voted unanimously to keep the book in both the library and classrooms. The parent threatened an appeal that would have again banned the book. She never followed through. In the past three years, "Of Mice and Men" has been challenged 19 times nationwide and is among the most controversial books in the country.
With help from People for the American Way