Why did certain schools ban the Vampire Academy Series?


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At least one school has banned Richelle Mead's "Vampire Academy" series of novels for "sexual content or nudity," according to The Huffington Post. The decision by the Stephenville, Texas, school to ban the entire series gained national notoriety in 2009, when they banned the final two books in the series before the novels were even released, and therefore without having reviewed their content.

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The United States has a long history of grade and high schools banning books with content deemed inappropriate. While sexual content is among the more frequent reasons cited by schools for banning a book, a variety of other justifications have been used as well. For example, in 1996, a Texas school district banned "Moby-Dick; or The Whale" by Herman Melville, on the grounds that it conflicted with "community values." The complexity and perceived potential dangers of the black nationalism and Marxism discussed in the book led some schools to ban Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man."

Pressure to ban a particular book often comes from parents, according to BannedBooksWeek.org. Concerned parents of students may lodge formal complaints seeking to have particular books removed from school libraries or banned from school property. In some cases, the pressure to ban a particular book may result in a state legislature passing laws to prohibit all public schools from including the book in libraries or curricula.

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