By Jillian Schneider for RealClearEducation
A Texas superintendent is under investigation for trying to protect students from sexually explicit books in public school libraries.
The United States Department of Education has a research based on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) complaint to Granbury Independent School District (GISD) and Superintendent Jeremy Glenn, which revolves around the removal of controversial books and related comments from Glenn.
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ACLU alleges that GISD exhibited and violated anti-LGBT discrimination Title IX, the federal civil rights law prohibiting gender discrimination, but reinterpreted by the Biden administration to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
“I recognize that there are men who think they are women, and there are women who think they are men,” Glenn said. “And again, I have no problem with what people want to believe, but there’s no place for it in our libraries.”
Texas Governor 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 books and other content found in public school libraries that are extremely inappropriate in the public education system,” Abbott wrote. “The most egregious examples are clearly pornographic images and content that 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 stress enough the damage it does to create a culture of shame and silence around LGBTQ issues,” said Vox Jo Hsu, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
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“I don’t think little kids should be shocked or disgusted by our identity,” argued a Granbury High School student.
Nevertheless, school administrators supported Glenn’s decision.
“All students at GISD are loved and cared for by the wonderful staff and administration,” said board member Courtney Gore. “That makes public schools not the place for young people to express themselves sexually.”
While both sides have been accused of pushing political agendas, few stop to consider the scientifically proven consequences of exposing children to sexual content.
Kaiser Permanente, a California-based healthcare company, says a child with sexual knowledge beyond what is age appropriate is a sign of sexual abuse.
“A 3-year-old child should not be able to describe in detail what happens during intercourse,” Kaiser’s said website. “Young children who have firsthand knowledge of sexual acts are likely to have been sexually abused or exposed to sexual activity.”
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Caroline Giroux, an associate 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 said wrote. “It can have traumatic consequences leading to significant distress, disruptive behavior, compulsive sexuality and even suicide attempts.
“We have no excuse as a society for not investing resources in preventing sexual trauma of any kind.”
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