Sexually explicit and Pornographic Materials made available to VA Beach Students
I was made aware by the media to be on the lookout for sexually explicit materials in our schools. Then I was notified by a parent of some concerning books that were available in our school libraries.
One book is called Gender Queer. Up until this book was brought to light in the media a couple of weeks ago, it was on the shelves in our VA Beach Public Schools. The book is pure pornography. It is a graphic novel so not only does it have sexually explicit language, it provides images of people having oral sex and using sex toys among other images. This book can be currently checked out in the VB Public Libraries. It is my understanding that it is still available to juveniles in the library. It is so explicit that I will not share it here on my website.
The other book also referenced in the media link above is Lawn Boy. This book was also on the shelves of Virginia Beach Schools.
I also discovered that the book "The Bluest Eye" is an approved book to be used in VA Beach High school curriculum. I have the book and have confirmed what is in it. This book in detail describes a father raping his daughter multiple times. Here is a link to one excerpt. (Caution this is disturbing but I believe parents need to be aware of what is available to their children in VB Schools)
I brought these and a couple of other books to the attention of the Superintendent. He told me via email that the book Gender Queer has been permanently removed from the shelves when it was reported to them a couple weeks ago. Lawn Boy has been suspended pending review.
I have called for a review of the process of approving books. I have asked who approved these books and whether or not disciplinary action was taken against whoever approved the book "Gender Queer". I was told that no disciplinary action has been taken and it doesn't appear that it will be.
I have asked the School Board Chair for the topic of Sexually Explicit Books to be added to the School Board agenda on Oct 26th.
10/7/2021 06:25:23 pm
Hi Mrs. Manning, thank you for being a member of our VBCPS school board. The work is stressful and thankless, and I want you and your colleagues to know that I appreciate your time and efforts.
10/9/2021 09:08:20 am
I asked her on this blog in December 2020 of she was aware of the SB district policy on challenging books. She posted she was. She should know then that part of the challenge is reading the books and referring to specific passages.
Kevin J Blanck
10/9/2021 07:12:54 am
In my opinion you are a book burning Nazi. My opinion.
10/10/2021 03:54:45 pm
Apparently no one told you that if you can’t say anything necessary, true, and kind you show your lack of desire to problem solve. Name calling is never helpful.
10/10/2021 11:09:12 am
I find it interesting that you are one of the few school board members who has no background in education..and has taken it upon yourself to push your own personal agenda. Until you have qualifications to actually make curriculum decisions and experience teaching professionally long-term in a high school, you need to stop being a self-appointed arbiter of what is wrong and right. Interesting, but not surprising, that you are a middle-aged white Karen.
10/10/2021 01:16:30 pm
Thank you, Ms. Manning, for bringing this to the attention of the public. This is nothing short of child pornography. In any other setting, this would be a crime. How can these books be allowed in our schools?
10/10/2021 06:38:59 pm
The Va DEMs take pride in using stolen tax dollars to normalize pedophilia. Pimping Minors out and stripping female/parental rights is “Their” specialty !
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