“Hell” and “Damn” Unacceptable for School Poetry Contest

A 14 year-old charter school student in Nevada says that he was told he could not recite an Auden poem, The More Loving One at a school poetry competition because it contained the words “hell” and “damn.” According to school administrators, it is inappropriate to use that sort of language in an educational setting.

The student, Jacob Behymer-Smith, is suing the Coral Academy School of Science so that he won’t have to learn new poems for an upcoming state competition. A federal judge may rule on Thursday April 13. More from KNRV in Reno.