(Pornography: Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity)
As a parent, I have been actively working to raise the standards of our schools in Burke County by addressing the issue of explicit and Critical Race Theory (CRT) material in the media centers.
The pornographic instances in the books available in BCPS libraries are so graphic that it’s unbelievable that they could be in a school library. It is not logical that a 13-year-old student cannot attend a rated R movie at a theater without an adult but can check out far worse content from their school media center which is funded by taxpayers.
The books ‘Push’, ‘Exit Here’ and ‘No Water for Elephants” cannot be categorized as anything but ‘hardcore pornography’. ‘The Girl Who Fell from the Sky’ made regional news for its pornographic content which involves two minors.
These books describe detailed and graphic illustrations of rape, prostitution, vaginal and anal intercourse, ejaculation, and oral sex. This type of material should have never been purchased to begin with and are not appropriate to be accessible to minors.
Whether or not a book is required reading in the classroom, when a book is added to a school’s library collection, that constitutes approval for its content and a recommendation by the school.
There is a duty and responsibility for BCPS to protect our children. The duty as a School Board member is to protect the students as well. Exposing them to obscene and explicit pornographic material harms their physical and emotional health by normalizing the sexualization of children. The situation in our media centers would be a lot worse if it was not for some media staff catching inappropriate materials that were brought in from bulk book orders.
Parents, and not biased book reviewers or media critics, should decide what is appropriate, especially when it comes to sexuality.
To determine whether or not media material contains content that is too explicit, a rating system like what is used by the motion picture industry could be adopted. We must include the issue of explicit and pornographic materials in our media policy.