On September 26, 2022, the Board of Trustees of the School District of Pickens County voted to remove Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You from every classroom, library, and media center in the District for 5 years. 

The Board’s vote overrode the findings of the school- and district-level review committees, which both unanimously recommended—after review and discussion—that Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You should remain available to students because it is a “developmentally appropriate” high-school level resource that is aligned with dozens of the South Carolina Department of Education’s English Language Arts (ELA) standards for high school students.

The suit asks that the court declare that removing Stamped was unconstitutional, and order that all copies of the previously removed book be returned and barred from being removed from classrooms, libraries, and media centers again. 

Date filed

April 26, 2023


US District Court