Florida School Faces Controversy as Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration Poem Moved Following Complaint

Amanda Gorman

A school in Florida has moved a book containing Amanda Gorman’s poem, “The Hill We Climb,” from the elementary section to the middle school section of its library following a parent’s complaint.

She notably read the poem at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration.

The parent who complained argued that the poem was not educational and could “cause confusion and indoctrinate.” The school committee concluded that the materials, including three other books, were more suitable for older students.

The school district clarified that the books are still accessible to younger students in the middle school section of the library but that has not stopped the criticism from rolling in.

The move has received criticism from various sources, including the White House and the nonprofit PEN America. Amanda Gorman herself has expressed her disappointment, claiming that the relocation violated the First Amendment.

Florida Gov. and presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis, has recently signed several laws that made it easier to remove material that parents take issue with. Many other states have passed similar laws.

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