These eight books were found in Kings K-6 classrooms and libraries.
A community member read the books, filed formal complaints, sent emails to school board members, and had numerous meetings with administrators over an 8 month period of time, without exposing this issue to the public. She wholeheartedly wanted to resolve the issue in a quiet, respectful manner, without going public.
George, Rick and The Moon Within were reviewed by administrators and parents chosen by administrators. All three books remain available to all 5th and 6th graders in our district. These books describe sexual arousal, masturbation, puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.
The #MeTooMovement and I'll Give You the Sun were moved out of the Columbia library to the JH/HS library due to sexually explicit content. They are now available to all 7-12th grade students.
Wild Lily, a suicide ideation book with some sexual contact between teenagers, was originally found at South Lebanon Elementary School. The administrators told us the book was lost and there are no current plans to replace it.
Several community members read excerpts from these books at the 8/16/22 school board meeting, asking the school board to appoint a Citizens Advisory Committee to address this issue.
Rebecca Vehr, who read the books, filed the complaints, quietly and respectfully worked with administrators, keeping school board members in the loop, since December, 2021, asked for response at 9/20/22 Board Meeting.
The School Board responded to complaints at the end of the 9/20/22 Board Meeting
Every school board member expressed interest in keeping these books in the schools. There was no concern that some children might be harmed, or that some parents might object to their children being exposed to this content. Our school board supports the current process, which allows administrators to hand-pick committee members who will support the decisions they made to put these materials into the hands of children in the first place. The school board approves of these books, and the process that ensures they will continue to be available to all Kings children.
The school board is the only authority that can appoint a Citizens Advisory Committee. Citizens Advisory Committee is the only type of committee that is required to follow Ohio Sunshine Laws.
What can you do?
Please do not financially support these books. If you would like to review them, they are available in our public libraries.
No committee progress or decisions have been communicated from Kings regarding Girls Like Us or Ghost Boys.
The last communication received was on 8/22/22, when Matt Freeman said, "I am working through documentation from Girls Like Us and will report the outcome to you next week."
10/18/22 school board meeting, Rebecca Vehr asked the school board for a status update. Due to technical difficulties, her microphone did not record her public comment. Here are her public comments.
Kings allows boys to use girls' bathrooms?
Many Kings teachers respect the parent/child relationship, and stand firmly on principles that prevent them from following KEA (Kings Teachers Association union) propaganda. Most of them don't need policies that tell them they cannot discuss sexual, religious or political preferences with their students, because that is something they would never do. However, we have a handful of teachers and counselors who are encouraging Kings students to question their gender identity, and hide their questions, conclusions and plans from their parents. This is not only happening in Kings schools, it is a world-wide movement, largely fueled by the NEA, which is KEA's parent organization. Click below to learn more from a psychiatrist who is very familiar with those who have been physically and emotionally harmed by gender ideology taught in schools across the country.
Why don't they do something?
They know this is happening, and they approve of it.
Why Aren't Parents Demanding Change?
1. Some parents know this is happening, and they approve of it.
2. Some parents know this is happening, and are afraid to speak up, because their children may be retaliated against at school.
3. Some parents have no idea this is going on.
1. Attend school board meetings. The school board needs to know you are paying attention to what they do, and don't do.
2. Speak with you pastor about your concerns, and seek wisdom for how the church can help.
3. Write to your school board members. They were elected by you, to represent you. Tell them what you want them to do.
1. Get to know your child's teachers.
a) Ask if they speak to students about gender identity or sex.
b) Ask if they belong to the teacher's union. Many do not because of the NEA's far-left activism. SUPPORT THESE TEACHERS! They have chosen the hard path.
c) Let your child's teachers know what your expectations are.
d) Teachers who have no hidden agendas, which includes most of our Kings teachers, will be glad to have these discussions with you.
2. Join the PTO. These parents have influence over extra curricular activities and are invited to join curriculum review committees.
3. Be sure your children are so well grounded in your values they will recognize, and reject, values that are not aligned with yours.
4. Make sure your children know they can speak to you about anything. Some counselors and teachers tell children not to tell their parents things they discuss. Your children need to know what your expectations are when an adult tells them not to tell you [doen't matter what].