In neighboring Des Moines, it is on the recommended reading list for ninth-grade English, and it is used for some special education students in the eleventh and twelfth grades.
Retained in the Olathe, Kansas ninth-grade curriculum  despite a parent calling the novel "a worthless, profanity-riddled book" which is "derogatory towards African Americans, women, and the developmentally disabled.")* ("Vulgar language, sexual explicitness, or violent imagery gratuitously employed." "Glorifies criminal activity, has a tendency to corrupt juveniles, and contains descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, and torture, dismemberment, death, and human elimination" "teachers can choose the best books, but they keep choosing this garbage over and over.") (Challenged, retained at the Theisen Middle School in Fond du Lac, Wis.
A board member, elected amid promises to bring her Christian beliefs into all board decision-making, raised the controversy based on excerpts from the books she'd found on the Internet.Chbosky's novel, which contains references to masturbation, homosexuality, and bestiality, got the bulk of the criticism.(Plato suggested expurgating it for immature readers (387 B. E.) and Caligula tried to suppress it because it expressed Greek ideals of freedom.Plato suggested that state censors should expurgate the outlandish adventures of Odysseus, and all other poetry.) (Challenged as required reading at the high school in Grandville, Michigan in 2002 because the book is "full of racism, profanity, and foul language." Banned from the George County, Mississippi schools in 2002 because of profanity; racial slurs, profanity, violence, and does not represent traditional values; profane, violent, not traditional.In May 2008, it was allowed for sale if sealed and an indication of the censorship classification was displayed. After review the 2007 edition was banned outright.)(Challenged in the North Stafford, Virginia High School advanced-placement history class , even though it's not the primary textbook because the book is "un-American, leftist propaganda." Students in the advanced placement class also read an article titled, "Howard Zinn's Disappointing History of the United States.")(Removed as a reading assignment in an elective sociology course at the Massapequa, New York high school in 2003 because of its "offensive" content." Homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group.
** Retained in the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 reading list in Arlington Heights, Illinois , along with eight other challenged titles.
Challenged in the Normal, Illinois Community High Schools in 2003 because the book contains "racial slurs, profanity, violence, and does not represent traditional values." An alternative book, was offered but rejected by the family challenging the novel.
Retained in the Greencastle-Antrim, Pennsylvania tenth-grade English classes .
The thirty-one line poem is peppered with profanity and details a violent relationship between an adult and child.
San Francisco based Writers Corps, an art organization linking writers with teens in urban areas to provide outlets for their experiences, produced the anthology.
Public Library  because of sexual innuendo, drug references, and other adult topics.