By Jillian Schneider for Real Clear Education
A Texas superintendent is under investigation for trying to protect students from obscene books in public school libraries.
Initiated by the US Department of Education investigation Based on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). complaint Focuses on the removal of controversial books against the Granbury Independent School District (GISD) and Superintendent Jeremy Glenn as well as related comments made by Glenn.
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The ACLU accuses GISD of exhibiting and violating anti-LGBT discrimination Title IX, Federal civil rights law prohibits sex-based discrimination, but has been redefined by the Biden administration to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
“I accept that there are men who think they are women and there are women who think they are men,” Glenn said. “And I, again, I have no problem with what people want to believe, but there’s no place for that in our libraries.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expressed similar concerns in a letter to the Texas Association of School Boards last year.
Texas parents “are becoming increasingly alarmed about some of the books and other materials found in public school libraries that are highly inappropriate in the public education system,” Abbott said. wrote. “The most glaring examples are clearly pornographic images and have no place in the Texas public education system.”
In Glenn’s case, the statement quickly caught on Criticism.
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“I can’t overstate the type of damage it does to create a culture of shame and silence around LGBTQ issues,” said Vox Joe Hsu, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
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“I don’t think young kids should be shocked or disgusted by our marks,” argued a student at Granbury High School.
Nevertheless, school board members supported Glenn’s decision.
“All students at GISD are loved and cared for by a wonderful staff and administration,” said board member Courtney Gore. “Also, public schools are not a place for young people to express themselves sexually.”
While both sides are accused of pushing political agendas, few pause to consider the scientifically proven effects of exposing children to sexual content.
Kaiser Permanente, a California-based healthcare company, says that a child’s age-appropriate sexuality knowledge is a sign of sexual abuse.
“A 3-year-old child may not be able to describe in detail what happens during sex,” Kaiser said. website. “Young children who have direct knowledge of sexual acts may have been sexually abused or exposed to sexual activity.”
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Carolyn Giroux, an assistant clinical professor and psychiatrist at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, argued that early exposure to pornography can cause sexual trauma.
“Exposure to pornography is not trivial,” Giroux wrote. “It can have traumatic effects that can lead to significant distress, disruptive behaviors, compulsive sex and suicide attempts.
“We have no excuse as a society not to invest resources in preventing any form of sexual trauma.”
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