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Florida School District Axes Dictionaries Over ‘Sexual Conduct’ Descriptions

January 12, 2024 | By Kali Girl

The Escambia County School District in Pensacola, Florida, is facing a federal lawsuit for removing dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other books from school libraries. According to The Guardian, the decision was made based on the inclusion of descriptions of “sexual conduct” in the works, which allegedly violated Florida law HB 1069.

This law, signed by Governor Ron DeSantis last year, imposes restrictions on materials containing such content in Florida classrooms.

During the district’s 2023 summer break, officials removed eight encyclopedias, five dictionaries, The Guinness Book of World Records, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not – a children’s book highlighting unusual stories and “hair-raising oddities.”

Escambia county school district officials have said the books were not actually banned, but “pulled for further review to ensure compliance with the new legislation.”

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