Furious parents demand sexually explicit books be removed from school library

Furious parents have demanded "sexually explicit" books be taken out of public school libraries, while others said social media had a far worse effect on children.

Parents in Oklahoma raised the concerns at a monthly meeting of the Stillwater Board of Education on Monday.

Of a book about protesting against abortion clinics, The Truth About Alice, one resident Karen Flack said: "I just feel there is no need for this in our libraries.

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“This is just not appropriate. To me, it’s like if you had a section of video pornography for kids to check out. Wish you would find out more about how these books are getting into the school and get back to teaching our children."

Autor of the book Jennifer Mathieu said the book intended to persuade people to defend abortion rights, reports Blaze Media.

Another parent spoke of a different book which he said had references to oral sex – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Riley Flack told the meeting: "I hesitate to read it. I don't feel comfortable reading it to adults."

He said another book on their list had 79 instances of the F-word.

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However, not all parents agreed and said they believed social media was more of an influence on children.

"We're not limiting their time on the internet," said parent Danielle Keig to KOCO-TV.

"I'm sure these parents also let their kids use TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, social media apps, those things have way more sexualization in them than these books do."

Someone added it was somehow against the Constitution to remove the books from the libraries.

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“The Library Bill of Rights, rooted in the First Amendment, has been repeatedly held up in court cases and it guarantees that parents can choose for their own child what they can and cannot read,” they said.

"However, it holds that other parents do not have the right to restrict access for my children as that right lies with me and my family."

The concerned parents said they would make complaints about the books to prompt a formal investigation.

Stillwater Public Schools said in a statement to KOCO that no parent had thus far made a formal complaint about the books.


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