The removal and restriction of ten library books within a Florida school district based on viewpoint is unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendments, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

Escambia County School District and the Escambia County School Board were named as defendants by a New York publisher and free speech organization in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Pensacola.

“Escambia County seeks to bar books critics view as too “woke,” the complaint states. “In the 1970s, schools sought to bar Slaughterhouse-Five and books edited by Langston Hughes. Tomorrow, it could be books about Christianity, the country’s founders, or war heroes.”

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