‘I can not stand this filth:’ Osceola’s school library books under review, parents demand removal

Oscula County, Florida Angry parents came up one after another on Tuesday before the Osceola County School Board.

Multiple parents read excerpts from numbers that they said were found in school media centers.

“Have you ever received a [sexual act]… ”One of the parents exclaimed aloud. “Lara unbuttoned my pants and pulled on my boxer shorts a bit and pulled out my penis.”

This is an excerpt from the book “Looking for Alaska”. The parent said it was disturbing that such books were at the fingertips of students.

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She questioned the board members.

“Do you think it’s suitable for school children?” Said the parent.

Other parents followed suit, reading passages from various books that were considered tasteless, such as “Gender Queer.”

“I got a new leash harness today, I can not wait to put it on you. It will fit my favorite dildo perfectly,” read another parent.

Parents blamed the board members for keeping the “pornographic” books on the shelves.

The same issues came up in Orange County public schools last year. The book “Gender Queer” provoked some controversy and was withdrawn from three district high schools.

The same school is also banned in the public schools of Bravard County.

Penn America is a free expression support group. The organization recently released a report documenting the rise in book censorship in school districts across the country.

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The information group notes that it poses a serious threat to students’ freedom of expression and the first amendment rights.

The report shows that in the last nine months, 1,586 books have been banned in 86 school districts in 26 countries.

“Take it out of the schools. Go and tell them to clean it up,” one parent shouted at board members.

On Friday, News 6 learned, District Superintendent Debra Pace instructed the staff to collect these four books from the school libraries:

  • Out of the Dark by Ashley Hope Perez

  • Me, Earl and the dying girl

  • All Boys Are Not Blue by George M. Johnson

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green

Each of them is under examination.

The county has also created a three-tiered access plan for parent empowerment.

Now, they can filter what their children are reading by choosing one of the following preferences:

  • Unlimited (Full access, adult content may be involved)

  • limited (May check books in media center, but nothing involving adult content); and

  • no access (A student is not allowed to take books out of the media center).

Parents can access the form to tell the district their preference here.

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You can watch the school board meeting in the media player below. Warning: The video contains graphic language that some people may find offensive.

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