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Somerset County Board of Education Presented With Obscene Teaching Materials Used in the School

The Somerset County Board of Education held their November 16, 2021 board meeting where one parent presented his investigative segment to the board called "Exposing the Truth" that has gone viral locally in various parent groups. The board and the citizens were presented with the obscene and vulgar teaching materials used in the school system. This is not about banning or censoring books that parents simply don't like. In fact, these materials not only violate school policy, but Maryland and Federal laws on as explained in this past article.

"The U.S. Supreme Court established the test that judges and juries use to determine whether matter is obscene in three major cases: Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15, 24-25 (1973); Smith v. United States, 431 U.S. 291, 300-02, 309 (1977); and Pope v. Illinois, 481 U.S. 497, 500-01 (1987). The three-pronged Miller test is as follows:

  1. Whether the average person, applying contemporary adult community standards, finds that the matter, taken as a whole, appeals to prurient interests (i.e., an erotic, lascivious, abnormal, unhealthy, degrading, shameful, or morbid interest in nudity, sex, or excretion);

  2. Whether the average person, applying contemporary adult community standards, finds that the matter depicts or describes sexual conduct in a patently offensive way (i.e., ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated, masturbation, excretory functions, lewd exhibition of the genitals, or sado-masochistic sexual abuse); and

  3. Whether a reasonable person finds that the matter, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.

Any material that satisfies this three-pronged test may be found obscene." [1]

Federal law strictly prohibits the distribution of obscene matter to minors. Any transfer or attempt to transfer such material to a minor under the age of 16, including over the Internet, is punishable under federal law. Clearly based upon the rulings and precedent of the Supreme Court regarding obscenity, the SCBOE Board members and administration are in clear violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which means that they are violating the civil rights of every parent and student who attends public school in Somerset County Maryland.

In addition, according to Maryland State Criminal Law Code Annotated §11-201, § 11-202, § 11-203, the SCBOE and its administration are violating Maryland code criminal law on obscenity.

The SCBOE is responsible and liable for these teaching materials. It is deeply concerning to the majority of citizens that our schools are granted the responsibility to teach and mold young impressionable minds, and they are using the time to indoctrinate as explained in this past article. Little do school officials realize, implementation of such materials can be construed as sexual harassment, exploitation, and pedophilia by their promotion of sexual acts to minor children in their custody. The SCBOE already has policies that spell out that such behavior creates a hostile school environment. The board and its administration are running the schools in opposition of the following policies:

The Somerset County Board of Education members work for the citizens of Somerset County, and not for the Superintendent. It's time to wake them up and remind them of that. These are the individuals who have rejected, obstructed, and knowingly allowed these teaching materials to be used in the school system, and permit intellectual manipulation and sexual exploitation of your child. Drop them a line and let them know what you think.

SCBOE Board Members

Penelope Nicholson-Chairperson

Margo Green-Gale

Robert T. Wells

Troy Brittingham, Jr.

Caleb Shores

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November 17, 2021

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