Posted on August 9, 2022 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A Florida school district has been adding parental advisory notice to books for the past six months.

NBC News reports that an associate superintendent for Collier County Public Schools told the Florida Freedom to Read Project that the labels started appearing on physical and digital copies of books back in February.

According to that conversation, the move was a compromise with a conservative group that has pushed back on books it describes as pornographic.

However, another representative for the school district says the labels were placed based on advice from the school's lawyer about how to follow a new Florida law that allows parents to object to material.

Among the books labeled: Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson, The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

The label reads in full: “This Advisory Notice shall serve to inform you that this book has been identified by some community members as unsuitable for students. This book will also be identified in the Destiny system with the same notation. The decision as to whether this book is suitable or unsuitable shall be the decision of the parent(s) who has the right to oversee his/her child’s education consistent with state law.”

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