A North Texas school district removed more than 125 books from library shelves to examine them for “inappropriate content”.
Last week, the Granbury Independent School District announced it would conduct a review of library books after Matt Krause, chairman of the Texas House of Representatives General Investigative Committee, sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) with concerns about the content of more than 850 pounds in Texas public school libraries.
Subsequently, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the TEA to determine to what extent “pornography and other inappropriate content” could be found in library books.
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In an initial review by the school district, five books, all written by author Abbi Glines, were removed from library shelves following the review due to “explicit sexual content”, according to Fox 4 News. Now another 130 books will be reviewed for inappropriate content.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision for Granbury ISD and Granbury High School was to remove the Abbi Glines books. The content of these books is too sexually explicit and totally inappropriate for a high school library collection” , said Granbury High. The school principal Jeremy Ross at A declaration. “This incident has given us a moment to pause and review our collection sourcing processes and make adjustments to ensure we are purchasing and stocking age and grade appropriate books.”
The statement does not indicate the titles of the books that are under review, but does note that once the review is complete, the school district will release a list of all the names of the permanently removed books.
“When purchasing Abbi Glines books, the entire series falls under the Young Adult category. We purchased this in good faith that it was, indeed, true as stated,” the librarian said. Granbury High School, Tammy Burns, in A declaration. Burns added that she didn’t learn about the content of the series until January 25.
“I want it to be known that it has never been, nor ever will be, my intention to put material into our library collection that could harm our student body in any way,” said she added.
Outraged parents and students pushed back on the measure, which is part of the biggest challenge the books have been taught in schools in decades, according to Pew research.
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