One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one of America's most challenged and banned novels.

  • 1974: Five residents of Strongsville, Ohio sued the local Board of Education to remove the novel from classrooms. They deemed the book "pornographic" and said it "glorifies criminal activity, has a tendency to corrupt juveniles, and contains descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, and torture, dismemberment, death, and human elimination".
  • 1975: Randolph, New York and Alton, Oklahoma removed the book from all of their public schools.
  • 1977: Schools in Westport, Maine removed it from required reading lists.
  • 1978: Freemont High School in St. Anthony, Idaho banned it and fired the teacher who assigned it.
  • 1982: Merrimack, New Hampshire High School challenged it.
  • 1986: Aberdeen Washington High school challenged it in Honors English classes.
  • 2000: Placentia Unified School District (Yorba Linda, California) challenged it. Parents said the teachers could "choose the best books, but they keep choosing this garbage over and over again".[16]

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