Profanity in literature read by elementary students

In most elementary schools around the country the use of profanity in school is usually prohibited. Often resulting in disciplinary action if used!  As an educator, and parent I understand this measure. The use of profanity can spark ridicule and may trigger retaliation by the recipient! Young Adult literature often credits authenticity with its use of profanity. Young Adult literature is targeted to 13-19 year old. What happens is the books are sometimes read by 5th and 6th grade elementary school students. A very popular book in my classroom Spy School, by Stuart Gibbs , the central character uses profanity throughout the novel. There are 4 occurrences of the use of profanity. One”damn” and three uses of the word “ass”.  One may argue the use demonstrates authenticity and the words are harmless. You tell me, Is it acceptable for books containing profanity continue to be made available to elementary school students? 

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