Pennsylvania educator advocates that the school board compel a measure of limitation on library books that evidently possess sexually explicit material which has the potential to cause psychologic trauma.
In the wake of a recent incident involving students from the school district in question, an esteemed Pennsylvania teacher has petitioned the local school board to impose restrictions on the availability of library books that contain sexually explicit content. Citing evidence from research studies, the educator has suggested that such material has the potential to cause psychological trauma in young readers.
The teacher in question brought to the attention of the school board a particular incident that occurred in the school district, wherein several students were exposed to books containing sexually explicit content. She argued that the material contained in such works is particularly damaging to the psychosocial development of those who are subjected to it. She further claimed that such content can be detrimental to the mental health of the students, and can lead to the creation of a “toxic culture”.
The teacher further noted that, in such cases, the responsibility lies with the school board to ensure that the students are not subjected to such potentially hazardous material. She has therefore urged the board to take the necessary steps to limit the availability of library books with sexually explicit content.
The school board has not yet responded to the teacher’s petition, but it is expected that they will take into account her plea, as well as any other complaints that may arise in the future, when making decisions regarding the availability of library books in the district.