Education

POWER TO THE PARENTS: Loudoun County Schools to Remove Book Depicting Sexually Explicit Images

posted by Hannity Staff - 1.18.22

It took you long enough.

According to the Daily Wire, the Loudoun County School Board will finally remove controversial book “Gender Queer: A Memoir” from public library shelves. 

The Washington Post reported that the “graphic novel, written by Maia Kobabe and published in 2019, is about a young person’s struggle with gender identity and chronicles, in comic book-style drawings, the twists and turns of the author’s journey to adulthood.”

But the graphic novel also depicts sexual explicit situations. Loudoun County schools superintendent Scott A. Ziegler called for a review of the book after parents raised concerns about some of the book’s content.

A “committee recommended (on a split vote) to retain the book in the high school library collection [but] the superintendent decided to remove the book from circulation,” school spokesperson Wayde Byard told the Post in a written statement. The decision to keep the book was appealed, Byard said, writing that ‘the School Board appeal committee met [Thursday] evening and voted 3-0 to uphold the superintendent’s decision.’”

“I read every book that is submitted for my review in its entirety,” says superintendent Ziegler. “I am not generally in favor of removing books from the library. I believe our students need to see themselves reflected in the literature available to them,” he said.

“The pictorial depictions in this book ran counter to what is appropriate in school,” he added.

 

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