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Foul language gets book yanked from La. classroom

By The Associated Press
10.19.08

RACELAND, La. — Black Hawk Down, a book about a failed U.S. Special Forces mission, was banned by Central LaFourche High School after a parent complained about the author’s use of profanity.

Jared Foreman, an English teacher at the school, had assigned the book to his 10th grade students.

The book, by Mark Bowden, was pulled from the classroom Oct. 3 — the 15th anniversary of the book’s events and the end of the 27th annual Banned Book Week.

Foreman says profanity in the book is used sparsely and is not easily found in the text.

Education officials say pulling the book lines up with a school policy on cursing.


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