A mum took a serious school board meeting on a wild detour when she complained about finding a sexually explicit book in the library of one of its middle schools.
Kara Bell, who is also Lake Travis School board candidate, interrupted a Covid-19 related board meeting to request that the book be removed from her daughter’s school.
The board meeting, which was livestreamed online, sees Kara walking up to the podium and quoting an excerpt from the book Out of Darkness, a book displayed in the school library.
She says the phrases and words suggest anal sex, adding: "I do not want my children to learn about anal sex in middle school.
"I've never had anal sex. I don't want to have anal sex.
"I don't want my kids having anal sex. I want you to start focusing on education and not public health."
Her microphone is muted and her time at the podium is cut short.
The book Kara mentioned is written by Ashley Hope Pérez and it chronicles a "love affair between an African American boy and a Mexican American girl against the backdrop of a horrific 1937 explosion in East Texas, which killed nearly 300 schoolchildren and teachers".
Lake Travis Independent School District confirmed on Thursday that they pulled the book from the libraries of its two middle schools following Bell’s complaint.
"A district possesses significant discretion to determine the content of its school libraries," a spokesperson told KXAN.
"A district must, however, exercise its discretion in a manner consistent with the First Amendment.
"A district shall not remove materials from a library for the purpose of denying students access to ideas with which the district disagrees.
"A district may remove materials, because they are pervasively vulgar or based solely upon the educational suitability of the books in question."
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