Florida school board removes parent from reunion for reading sexually explicit book from HS library
A speaker at a Florida school board meeting was fired for using vulgar language after reading aloud a highly sexualized book available at the high school public library.
Alicia Farrant, a member of the Orange County chapter of the Moms For Liberty parent group, recorded video of an Orange County Florida school board meeting earlier this week where board chair Teresa Jacobs, asks police to remove man who was reading from book “Gender Queer: A Memoir. “, according to Orange Observer.
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“I am going to read a passage from a book that is circulating in your schools that has been banned in many other schools,” said Jacob Engels, the man who was fired. “As a member of the LGBT community, the fact that this floats around for kids as young as ninth grade is concerning.”
Engels then began reading a passage from the book that described sexual acts using straps before being interrupted by Jacobs.
“Sir,” she said as members of the audience urged her to continue. “Mr. Engels, you are out of order. … Remove it from the rooms. “
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Jacobs added, “I understand this book is in the classroom and the language he just read is inappropriate for this forum.… I understand the contradiction here. This is the first time I have heard of it. about that and the board hears about it. We will review it, and I hope the book is taken down. Alright? And if not, we will come back here to have this conversation again, but I can you guarantee I didn’t know this book was in the library. “
Following the meeting, Orange County public schools took action.
“Four copies of the book ‘Gender Queer’ were in three of our 22 high schools,” OCPS media relations director Shari Bobinski said in a statement. “The school board did not know that this book was available in school media libraries. At the moment, the book is not on the library shelves and is under review. Orange County Public Schools have a process in place for parents or guardians to submit a form to the school principal to respond to an issue. “
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Jacobs did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment on why she felt it necessary to remove Engels.