Fairfax County Public Schools Restores Two Books Despite Parents Condemning Them

AN Virginia’s school system has returned two books to library shelves months after they were removed for being condemned by parents as obscene and pedophile.

Jonathan Evison’s novel Lawn Boy features graphic descriptions of sexual acts by a 10-year-old, and Gender Queer: A Memoir features photographs of sexual activity between a boy and a man.

Fairfax County Public Schools leaders withdrew the books for a formal review following complaints that they contained obscene sexual material.

But committees of administrators, librarians, parents, and students who have reviewed both have now determined that they are appropriate for high school readers.

Lawn Boy, by Jonathan Evison

Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia has returned two books to library shelves months after they were removed for being condemned by parents as obscene and pedophile

Both reviews concluded that the books were valuable in their potential to reach out to marginalized youth who may struggle to find recognizable literary characters who reflect their personal journeys.

A committee found Lawn Boy contains themes that are “affirmative to students” with marginalized identities. “There is no pedophilia in the book,” the commission added.

The other committee found that Gender Queer depicts “difficulties that non-binary and asexual individuals may face” but “does not portray or describe pedophilia.”

Noel Klimenko, deputy superintendent of FCPS, said in response: “I am pleased that the books have been selected according to FCPS regulations and are suitable for inclusion in secondary school libraries. Both books have more value than their pages for students who struggle to find recognizable stories.’

The news of the decision has drawn backlash from parents in the school system, including Stacy Langton, who led charges of having the books removed from school libraries in September.

The news of the decision has drawn backlash from parents in the school system, including Stacy Langton, who led charges of having the books removed from school libraries in September.

Noel Klimenko, deputy superintendent of FCPS, said in response: 'I am pleased that the books have been selected according to FCPS regulations and are suitable for inclusion in secondary school libraries'

Noel Klimenko, deputy superintendent of FCPS, said in response: ‘I am pleased that the books have been selected according to FCPS regulations and are suitable for inclusion in secondary school libraries’

The news of the decision has drawn backlash from parents in the school system, including Stacy Langton, who led charges of having the books removed from school libraries in September.

The mother-of-six told Fox news that she found the FCPS report “highly intellectually dishonest.”

“Unless FCPS uses a different dictionary, pedophilia means adults having sex with children, and that’s exactly what is depicted in the specific panel in Gender Queer,” she said.

Langton added that the media was in “problem” because while the footage was deemed acceptable for students, it could not be broadcast “because it violates FCC rules.”

“It’s okay for the kids, just not for America,” Langton added.

Langton claimed federal agents and unmarked law enforcement vehicles were seen outside a Fairfax County Public Schools board meeting last week.  Langton said there was a heavy federal law enforcement presence just days after she and others protested outside the Justice Department in Washington, DC.  But the image she posted appears to show rushing traffic near where the school board meeting was held

Langton claimed federal agents and unmarked law enforcement vehicles were seen outside a Fairfax County Public Schools board meeting last week. Langton said there was a heavy federal law enforcement presence just days after she and others protested outside the Justice Department in Washington, DC. But the image she posted appears to show rushing traffic near where the school board meeting was held

Langton made headlines in October after questioning the school board in a public meeting about the availability of the books in high school libraries.

In a tweet, she claimed there was a “heavy Fed presence” outside the school board meeting, with several unmarked federal and law enforcement vehicles nearby, and “even a helicopter circling overhead with spotlights on moms and dads.”

Their apparent presence came days after she and others protested outside Merrick Garland’s Justice Department in Washington, DC, for targeting parents in Fairfax County and treating them as “domestic terrorists.”

Langton said “many” Democrats and Liberals call her and say they “don’t want their kids exposed to this at school.” Speaking about the FCPS announcement, she said, “This is FCPS coming out and explicitly saying they’re in favor of porn in schools for your kids.”

The federal officers' presence came days after she and others protested outside Merrick Garland's (pictured) Justice Department in Washington, DC for allegedly targeting Fairfax County's parents and treating them as

The federal officers’ presence came days after she and others protested outside Merrick Garland’s (pictured) Justice Department in Washington, DC for allegedly targeting Fairfax County’s parents and treating them as “domestic terrorists.”

Harry Jackson, father of a student at Thomas Jefferson High School, told Fox News that “no reasonable person” would come to FCPS’ conclusion about the books.

“No reasonable person would come to the conclusion that those books do not contain pedophile material, or that they serve in any way, shape or form to help children.”

An FCPS spokesperson said: “A two-month review by a committee has determined that the books do not contain pedophilia and do not contain pornography.”

Both books were previous winners of the American Library Association’s Alex Awards, which each year recognize “ten adult books of special interest to young adults ages 12 to 18.”

Parental choice in education was a major issue in the Virginia governor’s race, and genderqueer controversy has since surfaced in a handful of states where Republican governors are gearing up for reelection next year.

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