A nationwide controversy over school library books is currently unfolding in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Parents across the country have gone viral for reading sexual passages from books found in their children’s schools during school board meetings.
Fairfax County mother Stacy Langton said she heard about sexual content in other school libraries. prompted her to visit her own children’s school, Fairfax High School, to investigate.
Langton said he found two books describing sexual acts: the graphic novel “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe and the novel “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison.
âSo it’s pedophilia here, it’s a man having sex with a boy,â Langton said, pointing to one of the books. “Here, the character is masturbating.”
âI don’t know how you defend that, why would you write such a thing? It’s just rubbish, it’s absolute filth,â she said.
Langton spoke Thursday night at the school board meeting.
“The illustrations include fellatio, sex toys,” she said at the meeting.
In the middle of the meeting, school officials appeared to interrupt him, saying there were children in the audience.
Fairfax County Public Schools said they were planning to temporarily suspend the two books from the library. A committee of students, staff and parents will then review the books and make a final decision.
Author Jonathan Evison said he was sticking to his job.
âLawn Boy is a coming-of-age novel,â Evison said. “It’s innocent child-to-child sexual experimentation, which is actually sort of a common trope in coming-of-age novels.”
Families in Leander, Texas have also raised concerns about the book “Lawn Boy.” Two parents even filed police reports, according to the Leander Police Department.
“The fallout has been terrible. I have received death threats,” Evison said. “It’s quite disturbing, and I tried to shelter my family.”
Langton said she was trying to file an objection against the books with the school system.
News4 has contacted the author of “Gender Queer” for comment, but has yet to receive a response.