(FLORIDA TIMES-UNION) — Two elementary books, set in Afghanistan and Iraq, are creating a social media stir in Jacksonville and have re-energized the age-old debate on literary censorship.
Currently, there are 11 literary works that remain off the shelves of Duval County Public School libraries due to past protests from concerned citizens, but Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said adding more works to that list would set a bad precedent.
“We are walking up a slippery slope when we start to decide what books we are going to ban from the curriculum,” he said.
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Yet, this week administrators at Duval County Public Schools received a petition from several citizens protesting the use of two new books added last month to the third-grade reading list: “Nasreen’s Secret School” and “The Librarian of Basra” both said to be based on the true stories from the Middle East.