Letter: Francine Works, Leesburg

Editor: The protests by parents over book diversity in our public-school libraries is nothing new. 

My first thought was to express that it is not the school’s job to parent your children. If you are determined that your child not read books that offend you or have too much profanity, then express that to your children. Other students should not have to suffer from being unable to read great literature. 

Would you suggest that the libraries pull Shakespeare from the shelves? There are some pretty provocative scenes in William’s plays.  We have a diverse population. The books that are introduced into the schools’ libraries are not done gratuitously but from what I understand, with great thought and care. 

Francine Works, Leesburg

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  • 2019-11-08 at 1:34 pm

    With “great thought and care” our illustrious school leaders decided THIS is considered “great literature”:
    (from Chapter: The Peace of the Roses): “He becomes a European conqueror, fully exploring his
    South Asian conquest. …Red blouse and crimson bra become cabernet stains on the carpet. The
    front of my body, his canvas. He glosses over it with his tongue. …Then he hikes my skirt up and
    firmly grips my waist. One of his hands drifts down. “Oh my god, Rani.” Hand lower. “You’re
    the…” he utters, breathing heavy, “…the hottest woman.” Woman? I’m only sixteen. “I love you,
    Rani baby.” Woman or baby? Fingers slide under to dewy softness. I arch my back, gasping.
    “You’re mine, Rani, only mine.””
    Rani Patel In Full Effect by S. Patel

    For awareness, that book is about a sexually abused girl who is a victim of incest by her father, and the book describes sexual scenes between the 16-year-old girl and another much older man (age 30) .

    This is not great literature. This is pornography and PEDOPHILIA, not to mention statuatory RAPE. How is this considered appropriate for any CHILD (our middle schoolers and high schoolers under 18 are CHILDREN remember) to be reading?

    I am also again censorship, but I’m also against exposing CHILDREN to rape, pedophilia, and graphic sexual content at young ages. These books are more appropriate for college-aged students, not underaged middle and high school students.

    Another quote from one of these “great literature” books describes a SIX-year-old child engaging in sex acts. SIX!!! :
    (Page 80) “I was sexually mature. What I mean by sexually mature is that I knew about sex. From
    six up, I used to kiss other guys in my neighborhood, make out with them, and perform oral sex
    on them. I liked it. I used to love oral. And I touched their you-know-whats. We were really
    young, but that’s what we did. I was making out with girls too. I used to love making out with
    girls ‘cause everybody thought I was cool. Everybody was encouraging me. “Look, Frank’s not
    gay—he’s making out with a girl!” They wanted to know how the hell I learned to kiss like that. I
    didn’t know how I learned. It was pretty weird.”
    Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by S. Kuklin

    The people responsible for allowing these books on the library shelves need to seriously check each and every book (do a quick review search on Goodreads or Amazon), determine what the content is, and REMOVE those containing ILLEGAL acts (pedophilia, statutory rape, incest, etc) from the library shelves.

    And to the comment “parent your own children”, we all try very hard to parent our children. But we are not always capable of knowing everything thing they read and do. I support the concept that the school libraries should be notifying parents of the books their children are checking out, that way they can be knowledgeable and can communicate with their children about the books they are reading.

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