Are Sexually Explicit Books Appropriate for Our Schools Libraries? DASD Thinks So!
Recent discoveries from the DASD library search revealed several books detailing sexually explicit subjects with accompanying illustrations. "All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto" was on the Oak Park Elementary library shelves as of the week of October 25, 2021. See https://youtu.be/ag-ByyDXhUQ. Listen to the reading at that link, but only if there are no minors present. The context of this book involves the sexual abuse of a teen boy by an older boy/ young man, including a descriptive process of the teen's grooming, sexual seduction, and abuse—the book is narrated in graphic, highly descriptive pornographic detail.
On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, several books with explicit sexual material and illustrations were located using the Destiny Discovery search tool available at the Downingtown West High School website. That same title, "All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto" and "Gender Queer – A Memoir," are locatable. Both are on the shelves in the Downingtown West High School library. See the attached, hazed graphics showing the "art" of "Gender Queer – A Memoir." There is no question. "Gender Queer – A Memoir" is hardcore pornography selected and placed on bookshelves in the Downingtown Area School District. There is no redeeming value in this publication that justifies making it available to our children.
Some quotes that go along with the pictures from the comic book pictured above, Gender Queer a Memoir by Maia Kobabe. "This would evolve into hip thrusting", "I got off once while driving just by rubbing the front of my jeans and imagining getting a blow job", "It really never occurred to you to put something into your vagina"...
As per DASD parents, here is a complete list of books with sexually explicit / inappropriate content for minors currently in the DASD system:
All Boys Aren’t Blue (4 pages)
Looking for Alaska
Me Earl and The Dying Girl
Odd One Out
The Glass Castle
Material of such explicit nature is generally classified as rated "R" or "X" – not appropriate or even prohibited for minors. Exposing minors to sexually explicit material is classified as child abuse and reportable to the authorities – Teachers and administration ought to know! Professionals who work with children or are in a position of power are required to report such abuses. Either it is okay with DASD Librarians, Parent Teacher Organization, teachers, and administration, or they turn a blind eye in the name of going with the flow.
The bottom line - DASD continues to be reckless and disrespectful of our students, families, and community through their lack of discernment and sensitivity about what is suitable for our children. They continue to "not get" the boundary between school and home. They don't get to make decisions on what our kids get exposed to – That's a parent's job. They don't get to introduce our kids to the world as they want it to be and force their worldview upon them. They don't get to make choices for us!
Exposing minors to sexually explicit material is considered abuse and requires reporting to child protection agencies for investigation. The decisions that DASD are making are unacceptable - unethical and unlawful. The professionals who enabled these publications need to be held accountable.
A school is a place of learning with a focus on academics. Therefore, such books (previously noted and images below) of such explicit sexual nature in narrative and graphic display are inappropriate. If defended as self-help – such books should be recommended by therapists and helping professionals after much consideration based on client vulnerability within a clinical setting - not made available in public elementary, middle, and high schools. If defended as diversity, equity, and inclusion as related to sexual orientation or one's private experience of self, these images go beyond validating oneself and building self-esteem. They venture into areas that are none of any school's business.
There are no acceptable excuses - No reasons for these actions.
As argumentation and protest concerning public schools' practices continue in DASD and other districts, including West Chester and Tredyffrin East, it's evident that there is a vehement disagreement between schools and parents. The level of protest we see results from families/ parents trapped into using public schools that don't meet their needs and go against their respective value systems. Families are financially beholden to public schools due to taxes paid into the public education system. Some have no other feasible option.
Freedom unifies people. We need to reign in out of control social overreach in public schools. A clear argument for school choice is apparent via this one of many conflicts. It's easy - The money follows the child. Families and students choose. Everyone wins.
In the meantime...
These DASD decision-makers need to be fired and reported immediately!
Let's put an end to this madness!
Let's VOTE these people out!