Florida Governor Creates 'Literature Police' to Monitor State Schools for Banned Books

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Hillary Harold

2/13/20242 min read

Tallahassee, Florida - Governor Ron DeSantis made headlines today when he announced his plan to create a new police force specifically tasked with monitoring Florida's schools for any teachers who might be violating the state's recent book ban.

In a press conference held at the state capitol building, Governor DeSantis declared that the "Literature Police" would be composed of highly trained officers who would have the power to search classrooms and personal bookshelves for any banned materials.

"We need to make sure that our children are only being exposed to the right kind of literature," DeSantis said. "There's just too much filth out there these days. We need to keep our schools safe from dangerous ideas and harmful influences."

The governor's new initiative comes on the heels of a recent decision by the state legislature to ban certain books from being taught in Florida schools. Among the banned books are classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye, which have been deemed too controversial for young minds.

Critics of the new law and the governor's proposal have expressed outrage over what they see as a blatant attack on free speech and academic freedom.

"I can't believe we're living in a state where our leaders are more concerned with policing literature than with providing our students with a quality education," said local teacher and book lover, Susan Johnson. "This is a sad day for Florida."

Despite the backlash, Governor DeSantis remains undeterred in his quest to rid Florida's schools of what he sees as harmful materials. "We have to do everything we can to protect our children," he said. "Even if it means creating a new police force to do it."

As of now, it is unclear how many officers will be recruited for the Literature Police or how much funding the new force will receive. But one thing is for certain: the literary world will never be the same in Florida.

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