It is apparent that there is no mechanism to screen books prior to entering the libraries at Spotsylvania County public schools. This allows sexually explicit material to enter the library without parental awareness. Minors have easy access to explicit material. Parental rights are bypassed. Therein lies the problem.
Parental rights are rooted in two Virginia laws. VA Code 1-240.1 states that “A parent has a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child” VA Code 18.2-391, (screenshot below) talks about harmful content to minors is a violation of law.
After the sexually explicit material enters the school library, it is a weak argument to say that a parent can challenge a book or inform the school that their child cannot access a specific book. It’s like buying car insurance after a car accident. The damage has been done and the insurance serves no purpose for the accident.
Some people feel that “educators” know better than the parent. What is really selfish are the educators that behave as the “co-parent” of the child and disregard parental rights and the law.
The books that we have reviewed show a lot of explicit material. How much sexually explicit content or vulgar language is too much? Are there other books that have better educational value? We have provided excerpts of explicit content from 4 books.