CV NEWS FEED // Florida parents scored another win against LGBTQ indoctrination this week when at least 20 sexually explicit children’s books were removed from school libraries after parents read passages from the books to a local school board.
Parents in the Indian River County School District have advocated for the removal of objectionable and explicit books from school libraries for almost two years. Parents were able to shield their children from some pornographic materials thanks to a Florida law passed in July, which mandates that school districts remove explicit books immediately after school board members censor them.
Members of Moms for Liberty, a national nonprofit that fights for parental rights in government affairs, headed up the parents’ meeting with the Indian River School Board on Monday. According to the Washington Times, 30 people at the meeting read from 30 different objectionable books.
Jennifer Pippin, the president of the local Moms for Liberty chapter, said they intentionally went to the school board with the explicit books instead of merely talking to the schools’ principals, since the board put the books on the shelves in the first place.
“We wanted to hold the school board accountable,” Pippin said.
The board’s chairwoman, Peggy Jones, ended up stopping each of the 30 readers at various times when the passages became too explicit.
Sheriffs even removed one reader, Pastor John Amanchukwu, for continuing to read an objectionable book.
In an interview with the Washington Times, Amanchukwu said that it was important to directly confront the school with quotes from the books.
“Reading from the book allows them to hear content that they have allowed in the libraries,” he explained. “That allows them to understand that we’re not just out there chasing the wind. There are clear situations… where this content is in the libraries and made accessible to elementary students, middle school students, and high school students that’s not clean content.”
Amanchukwu said that the book he was reading when removed from the meeting was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
But he also said that he doesn’t understand why school boards think it’s beneficial to give children access to these books.
“I can’t think of the educational benefit that a middle school student is going to gain by learning about being [sexually explicit],” he said. “ I just don’t know how this is going to help us compete in a global market or global economy. I don’t know how it would help a student get into an Ivy League school.”
“I just don’t see the educational benefit for a student to have this kind of book or curriculum,” continued Amanchukwu, “other than for the specific purpose of indoctrination and the sexualizing of children at a young age.”
As a result of the readings, the school board unanimously voted to remove at least 20 books that they deemed too sexually explicit, while other books received content warnings for mature themes.