A number of local parents attended a recent Stillwater Board of Education meeting in Oklahoma to voice their concerns about certain books available at school libraries.
For her part, Karen Flack referenced a book that details the fictional account of a young woman getting an abortion. She said that “there is no need” for a book like “The Truth About Alice” to be available for students to borrow at district schools.
“This is just not appropriate,” she added. “To me, it’s like if you had a section of video pornography for kids to check out.”
Author Jennifer Mathieu made it clear that she hoped the book would encourage young readers to become pro-abortion advocates.
Flack encouraged administrators to “find out more about how these books are getting into the school” and refocus their attention to providing an education.
There were other objectionable books available at district libraries that sparked criticism at the recent board meeting. Another concerned local referenced “Me and Earl and The Dying Girl,” which includes a graphic depiction of oral sex, as well as one book that repeats a vulgar expletive dozens of times.
Similar controversies have erupted in other communities across the U.S. in recent years.
Several months ago, parents in the Frisco Independent School District in Texas brought up their objections to certain books promoted by local school libraries.
Amid backlash over social media posts exposing certain passages of two such books, district officials confirmed that they had been removed from school libraries. Nevertheless, a number of locals wanted answers regarding the decision to add them to shelves in the first place.
“Someone has to place an order,” Shannon Ta said. “All of a sudden these books are in our schools for viewing and checking out.”
UNREAL. A dad says he’s gonna read from graphic books available to children in school and gets shut down by @oneclayschools board before he even starts because it might be against the law to read from these books in front of children.
These books are in school libraries. pic.twitter.com/PCJSMCttq5
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) July 12, 2022
Not every parent believes explicit material should be removed from school libraries. During this week’s school board meeting in Oklahoma, one parent suggested that kids can find much more graphic content online and via social media platforms.
“We’re not limiting their time on the internet,” Danielle Keig said. “I’m sure these parents also let their kids use TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, [and] social media apps. Those things have way more sexualization in them than these books do.”