Case Overview

Penncrest School District proposed changes to its library materials policy, which would ban all materials containing written or visual depictions of sexual acts, or visual depictions of nudity (with an exception for "diagrams about anatomy for science or content relating to classical works of art"). FIRE wrote an urgent letter to Penncrest on January 9, 2023, ahead of the school board’s vote on the proposed policy that night, explaining that the policy is overbroad and would ban many famous works of literature from library shelves without any individualized, contextual evaluation of their educational value or age-appropriateness. The board approved the policy.