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.