Challenged at the Newton, Iowa High School  because of concerns about profanity and the portrayal of Jesus Christ.Newton High School has required students to read the book since at least the early 1980s.Courts later rejected the argument that the reading requirement violated the US constitution. School District , but retained despite a parent’s claim the book promotes “economic fallacies” and socialist ideas, as well as advocating the use of illegal drugs and belittling Christians.
Responding to a call by parents, church, and community leaders to remove this novel along with twelve other provocative books available to teens at the Leesburg Public Library, city commissioners voted 4–1 to separate all books based on age groups.
High-school books will be placed in a separate area in the library stairwell.)(Retained at the Orchard Hill Elementary school in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1989 after being challenged because the 1987 Newbery honor book contained "two swear words and one vulgarity." Challenged at the Alamo Heights, Texas School District Elementary School in 1992 because the book uses the words "hell", "damn", and "frigging." Challenged in fourth to sixth grade reading classes in Grove City, Pennsylvania in 1995 because it was "depressing." The criteria used to select the book along with a list of other books that focus on divorce, death, suicide, and defeat was contested.)(John T.
Scopes was convicted in 1925 for teaching the evolutionary theory of this book in his high school class.
In 2002, three freshmen sued the university over its choice of .
The federal lawsuit was filed on the students' behalf by the Family Policy Network, a Christian group based in Virginia.