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Pioneer Planet has this article about an elementary school principal in Connecticut who has taken the book \"Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants\" off the school library shelves.
\"Not even the children\'s book superhero ``Captain Underpants\'\' could win a battle against the Naugatuck, Conn., school district.
Officials of the Maple Hill elementary school have yanked Dav Pilkey\'s latest book, ``Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants,\'\' out of its library, saying that its humor is tasteless and that the book has caused students to be disruptive. While anti-censorship groups say they have not heard of other bans of Pilkey\'s books, they say they regularly receive complaints about children\'s books for taste and other reasons.\"
\"Naugatuck\'s school superintendent, Dr. Alice Carolan, said fourth-grade boys who read the book were making up and using unflattering names for students and teachers, like Stinky and Smelly.
``The book was beginning to take on a life of its own,\'\' Carolan said. So the school\'s principal, Rebecca Sciacca, removed the two copies of the book, the fourth in a series, from the library.\"
\"Sciacca would not comment about her decision, saying only that she encourages good literature in the school. Carolan has vowed to keep the book out of the library unless parents go to the school board and request its return. Neither the school board nor the Parent Teacher Association would comment on the issue.\"