Stephen King Banned in Florida Middle School

Submitted by Steven on Wed, 10/03/2001 - 00:03

Stephen King\'s book \"Different Seasons\" (which contains the novellas The Body and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption) has been pulled from a middle school library shelf.
\"West Hernando Middle School has decided to limit the availability of a second Stephen King book after a student was offended by the prison rape scenes in a story that was the basis for the movie The Shawshank Redemption.

A committee of parents, students and staff decided Thursday to pull Different Seasons, a 1982 compilation of four King stories, from shelves accessible to students. Now, it will be kept in a room accessible only to teachers.\"

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\" This marks the second time that West Hernando has put a Stephen King book on limited access.

In October 1998, the school\'s book review committee dealt similarly with Cujo, a novel with vivid descriptions of sex and profanity that told the story of a rabid dog terrorizing two families.

It\'s nothing new for Stephen King to be the source of a book challenge. Works by the best-selling horror novelist frequently appear on challenged book lists.

What is unusual about this one is that it was brought by a student.

Susan Vaughn, the media specialist at West Hernando Middle, said this is the first time she has seen a child challenge a book in her 21 years as a librarian in the county\'s schools.

Even on a national level, challenges prompted by children are rare, said Beverley Becker, an associate director of the American Library Association\'s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

\"This is not the first time I\'ve heard of that, but it\'s really unusual,\" Becker said.\"