Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Sickness in the Schools: Sex with Baby in School Library Books

By Laurie Taylor (click "comments" below for article).


Blogger Debbie Pelley said...

Mother Objects to Passage on Sex With Baby in School Library Book
(Story has become a state and national issue)

A Fayetteville woman has challenged the inclusion of a book in the Fayetteville Public School Library that describes abnormal, deviant, incestuous sex, including a detailed passage in which sex involving a man, woman, and Pampers-clad baby is described.

Laurie Taylor said in her filed challenge of the book Push by Saphhire, that "Such depictions begin the desensitization process for accepting this behavior as the norm." She included the incestuous passage word-for-word, detail-by-detail in her complaint to the school.

Taylor filed the complaint Aug. 2, asking that the book be moved to a shelf where students can check it out only with parental permission.

Earlier this year, Taylor challenged three other books as being unsuitable reading material for children without parental permission. The process took six months, but the Fayetteville School Board finally voted to move the three books to the parent library to be checked out only by permission from the students' parents. Taylor discovered Push after parents asked her to look at other books available in the school library. Taylor found at least70 books with language content similar to the one she is challenging.

A list of 54 of those books, with excerpts and reviews, can be found at http://www.wpaag.org. Taylor's story has become a state, national and global issue; the heated debate charged with anger, emotion and misrepresentation.

Taylor requested the school board take the books off the library shelves before school starts and until the review process can be completed. At this point, the board has refused to do so. The board, "Seems to be trying to thwart my efforts to approach the board on this issue," Taylor said.

Taylor also objected to Push because of its extensive use of profanities, vulgarities and obscenities. "I don't know of a vulgar word that is not used in this book," she said. In her complaint, she lists 46 vulgar expressions that appear in the first few pages of the book.

Taylor quotes a passage from Ginsberg v. New York, a U.S. Supreme Court decision, that explains how sexually explicit material is "seductive encouragement" to children. "The child is protected in his reading of pornography by the knowledge that it is pornographic, i.e. disapproved," the court decision reads. "It is outside of parental standards and not a part of his identification process. To openly permit implies parental approval and even suggests seductive encouragement."

As part of her objections to Push, Taylor listed many school policies which she said the book violates, including Student Discipline Policy 5.17; Sexual Harassment Policies 4180 and 4250; Student Publications and the distribution of Literature Policy 5.14.

"The language and acts in this book are so shocking that they are sure to cause impressions to be branded on the minds of minors," Taylor wrote in her complaint with the school. "I am 38 years old and as much as I would like to erase them, they will be with me forever."

"Every child will process this information differently," Taylor added. "Many children will become confused and anxious after being confronted with this offensive, sexual and deviant incestuous relationship. For some students, this book could be life-altering. Many will be stimulated by the passages, but will feel guilt and disgust for doing so just as the molested child in this book described in gutter language and details of her own sexual enjoyment, but also intense loathing for herself for feeling this sexual pleasure."

At least $5,000 of taxpayer money would be spent on buying copies of Push, and the other 69 books, for the review committee to read if the school handled the issue like it did during its investigation into the three prior books, Taylor said. She further stated that the policy requiring her or the committee to read the entire book before making a decision about the book would create an undue burden. She equated reading Push and its "Hustler magazine type books" to sexual harassment.
Taylor objected to the Board's procedure to require a formal complaint and formal procedure on each individual book, saying the Board took six months to finalize the decision about the first three books she challenged. At that rate, Taylor said, it would take 11 years to process the 70 books, which would nullify the intent of the challenging policy. The parent challenging process is basically the only way the school librarians are held accountable.

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8:10 PM, August 09, 2005  
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