Proposed Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Parents to Reject Books with Sexual Themes from Public School Libraries

A new piece of legislation in Oklahoma would allow parents to request a book be removed from the library. / Getty Images

A new legislative proposal would give Oklahoma parents the right to force the removal of certain books from public school libraries and award them at least $10,000 if the schools do not comply.

Sponsored by Republican state Sen. Rob Standridge, Senate Bill 1142 would permit parents to make written objections to any books that “make as their primary subject the study of sex, sexual preferences, sexual activity, sexual perversion, sex-based classifications, sexual identity, or gender identity.”

Sen. Rob Standridge sponsored the bill that would allow parents to make written objections to any books that made “sex” their primary subject. (Courtesy of Oklahoma Senate)

The legislation says objections could also be made to “books that are of a sexual nature that a reasonable parent or legal guardian would want to know of or approve of prior to their child being exposed to it.”

If a parent or legal guardian objects to a book in the school library, the school must remove it within 30 days. If it is not, the librarian must be fired and will not be permitted to work at any public school for two years, according to the legislation. Parents would also be allowed to seek a minimum of $10,000 in monetary damages if the book is not removed.

“I just think that those are overly sexualized,” Standridge told McAlester News-Capital this week. “I think parents and grandparents, guardians should have a say on whether their kids are exposed to those books. If they want them, they can take (their children) to their local library.”

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SOURCE: New York Post, Callie Patteson