- Fellow Editors
Wicomico Councilman Questions Superintendent on the Obscene Books in the School
The Wicomico County Council held a budget session with Wicomico County Public Schools on May 17, 2023. When discussing the the school district's request of nearly 1.5 million dollars in extra funding aside from the standard budget, Wicomico County Councilman Joe Holloway brought up a great question. He asked Micah Stauffer, Superintendent of Wicomico County Public Schools about the sexually explicit books that are found throughout the county's school media centers. The Superintendent acknowledged that, and admitted that not all purchased books have been read or screened. Stauffer then mentioned that there is a process for removing them.
One thing that Stauffer failed to address is that there should not be a lengthy process for the removal of a book if it was illegitimately brought into the school without going through the proper screening measures that were already in place. By design, administration wants to ignore the process by purchasing anything without accountability, but have a process that suddenly matters when it comes to the removal of inappropriate books using a difficult and lengthy process that is designed to obstruct.
Stauffer then goes on to make excuses to say that the Media Specialists don't read all of the books that they order. Media Specialists know exactly which books to feature and showcase on top of the media center bookshelves when students walk in, and some are obscene. The Media Specialists know what is in those books. The Media Specialists belong to the American Library Association, which has become a compromised clearinghouse of political activism who are no longer about reading. The American Library Association puts out regular newsletters and announcements on how to push back against parents as to which controversial books to feature, a banned book list, and which ones to feature in school media centers during "Banned Book Week."
A handful of WCPS Media Specialists defiantly see how far they can push the envelope while partaking in the political activism. These books are categorized as "Young Adult," which is for age 18+. There is not one excuse that Stauffer can make for Media Specialists who are paid to select appropriate education materials for the media center. In response to Holloway, Stauffer is delicately navigating the facts, while also protecting the agenda of the house through manipulative interference.
Here is the short segment of Stauffer being questioned by Holloway:
Wicomico County Executive Julie Giordano and her Administrator "Bunky" Luffman can be seen laughing while Holloway questions Stauffer on the sexual explicit books in our schools.
The sexual exploitation of children must end. We commend Councilman Joe Holloway for being a hero of the people and speaking up. We now call on Superintendent Stauffer and the entire school board to remove these obscene books. After that, they can then put responsible policies and procedures in place that will actually work without an obstructionist agenda.
"Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb." Psalm 37:1-2
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