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Virginia School Board Decides To Put Sexually Explicit Books Back Into School Libraries

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A Virginia school board rescinded its decision to remove sexually explicit books in its libraries on Tuesday, The Washington Post reported.

The Spotsylvania County School Board voted 5 to 2 to reverse its Nov. 8 unanimous decision to remove controversial books and audit the district’s libraries following complaints from parents, the Post reported. Board members Kirk Twigg and Rabih Abuismail opposed the reversing decision.

At the meeting, a mother and father took issue with two books, “Call Me By Your Name,” which details a gay relationship and “33 Snowfish,” which discusses sexual abuse, the Post reported. The school board voted to direct Superintendent Scott Baker to reevaluate any sexually explicit books in the district’s libraries and decide if they should be kept or removed on Nov. 8.

At Monday’s meeting, high school students showed up to protest the removal of the books, holding signs that said “Books Not Bonfires” and “Don’t Sensor My Sexuality,” according to the Free Lance-Star.

Monday’s public comment  period ended around midnight and board member Baron Braswell proposed to immediately rescind the board’s previous vote, the Post reported. The Spotsylvania County Public Schools (SCPS) attorney said in a memo that the original vote was likely unconstitutional because it would violate free speech by preventing children from reading about particular political ideas and social viewpoints, Braswell said.

SCPS already has a system in place for handling complaints from parents about books, which Braswell told the Post that he wanted to see happen for the books questioned at the Nov. 8 meeting. He said he wasn’t aware of the vetting method already in place at that meeting, but if he had known about it, he wouldn’t have voted to remove the books.

Parents in Texas and Virginia have also been vocal about similar concerns regarding sexual content in books found in school classrooms and libraries.

SCPS didn’t immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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3 Comments

  1. So let me get this straight… we are free to have our children exposed to pornographic material as part of our constitutional freedom of expression, but not free to express political opinions on Facebook, Nextdoor.com or Twitter unless they fall in line with poopy pants and the Demwit agendas?

  2. So as parents we are not able to decide for our young children what is appropriate and proper reading material? Is that really right? But, at the same time people who are total strangers to our family CAN make these decisions? I understand about the First Amendment and I love that it is the law of the land, but if parents cannot censor what their children are exposed to, there is something deeply wrong with that.

  3. Ok people get it together and demand the resignations of those sexually perverted school board members pronto. No child under 18 knows what is good or not good for them, they don’t have that psychological and emotional capability – not even close! In fact I would argue they don’t have that capability until they’ve reached at leaset the age of 21, as 18 is still far, far too young to make rational decisions. Understand that this would not be happening if all citizens/voters knew about this. People have forgotten the law, and that when unified that they have the power. Get that right.

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