House GOP demands answers from PA Gov. Wolf over sexually explicit books found in school libraries

As part of the growing trend of parents becoming more involved in what schools are teaching children comes the discovery of age-inappropriate, graphically illustrated, and sexually explicit books that are available in school libraries for students ranging from kindergarten to high school.

Such is the case in Pennsylvania, where several Republican members of Congress sent a letter to the state’s Democratic governor demanding answers about the shocking reading material made available for young children, the Daily Caller reported.

This is not appropriate

Leading the effort was Rep. Fred Keller (R-PA), who was joined by four of his Pennsylvania GOP colleagues, in a letter sent to Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and Acting Education Sec. Eric Hagerty on Tuesday.

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“We write to you today to relay the concerns of various Pennsylvania educators, state officials, and most importantly parents regarding radical indoctrination of students in the classroom,” the contingent of House GOPers wrote.

“Many have understandably reached out to our offices to express outrage over material currently being carried in school libraries that we know is unfit for school aged children. Yet this material remains widely available in many school districts across our Commonwealth,” the Congress members continued.

An example of the sort of “concerning and graphic material” that they didn’t believe was appropriate for young students was a book titled Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, which includes explicit illustrations of oral sex and sexual intercourse.

What’s being done?

The letter went on to acknowledge that local school boards had the authority to determine what materials would be stocked in their respective school libraries, but the members of Congress urged Wolf and Hagerty to “take action to investigate instances of explicit material being circulated and decide if further oversight is needed.”

Along those lines, a series of questions were asked, including “What processes are currently in place to review school library material?” and “How do school boards, schools, and librarians engage with parents to determine age and academically appropriate content?”

They also asked, “What have the PDE and the Administration done to ensure the focus remains on academic outcomes and student success?” and added, “Has there been any investigation into this matter?”

Members “shocked”

“America’s schools should be a place for students to learn and grow, not a breeding ground for the Left’s woke propaganda,” Rep. Keller told the Daily Caller. “After our team received tips from concerned Pennsylvania parents that K-12 school libraries were offering books on highly inappropriate and explicit sexual material, our team looked into the matter, and we were shocked by what we found.”

“There is absolutely no reason why students should be exposed to such graphic material in an educational setting,” he added. “Pennsylvanians want answers and we’re demanding the Governor and Pennsylvania Department of Education investigate this matter, determine how to fix this problem, and consult with local education authorities, concerned parents, and educators.”

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