By MEAD GRUVER – Associated Press
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A recent Wyoming school board meeting was again filled with opponents of mask warrants when things suddenly took a turn and a parent began reading sexually explicit passages from him aloud. a book available in school libraries.
“Parents like me didn’t know this stuff was out there,” parent Shannon Ashby told administrators at Laramie County No.1 School District in the capital.
The push to remove objectionable books from school libraries has been part of a renewed Conservative interest in public education as a political issue since the start of the pandemic. Parents who initially packed school board meetings to voice their opposition to mask warrants and other COVID-19 measures have since widened their focus to other issues they say conflict with them. conservative values, including teachings on social justice, gender, race and history.
These issues played a key role in Virginia’s gubernatorial election last month and are now poised to be in the Republicans’ spotlight in the mid-term of 2022.
“If you put pictures on the material being read, our superintendent would be in jail for trafficking child pornography,” said Darin Smith, a local lawyer and former Republican candidate for Congress whose wife sits on the school board. “I would never have known these far left leftists who control our school district if I had not gone out to express my opposition to the masking.”