Sex Education (book)

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Date: 1993

Region: North America

Subject: Sexual/Gender Orientation , Explicit Sexuality Nudity

Medium: Literature


Artist: Jenny Davis

Confronting Bodies: Parent Cindy Hochstetler and Bismarck School Board

Dates of Action: 1993

Location: Bismarck, North Dakota

Description of Artwork: A teenage romance takes a tragic turn after the two try to help an expectant mother trapped in a violent marriage.

The Incident: Cindy Hochstetler (a parent) worked to get ‘’Sex Education’’ along with several other "shocking and pornographic" books out of Hughes Junior High School (ND) classrooms and libraries. In April, Hochstetler filed complaints against Sex Education as well as Deliverance and Vision Quest. She also lodged protests against seventh-grade classrooms use of Dead Birds Singing, by Marc Talbert, and Jason and Marceline, by Jerry Spinelle.

Results of Incident: On August 2, a review committee voted unanimously to keep Sex Education in the library and 8-1 to keep the Talbert and Spinelle books on the seventh grade reading list. "I'll let the Sex Education book go, " Hochstetler said after the meeting. "I just wanted a group of nine people to review it." but she appealed the other two books. On August 24, however, Superintendent Lowell Jensen ruled in favor of keeping the books. Hochstetler said she would appeal that decision to the Bismarck School Board.

Source: Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association