In January, just the day before students were scheduled to return from winter break, the superintendent of the Granbury Independent School District in North Texas, Jeremy Glenn, told several librarians he brought to a district meeting room that he needed to speak with them.
That discussion included mention of the books that were available in the libraries around the school district.
“I want to talk about our community,” Glenn started out as heard in a recording of the January 10 meeting. Glenn explained how Granbury, which is the largest city in a county where 81 percent of the residents cast their vote for then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, is “very, very conservative.”
He added that several members of Granbury’s school board were also conservative, noting that school employees who could have different political believes “better hide it,” adding, “Here in this community, we’re going to be conservative.”
For several months, conservative parents as well as politicians throughout Texas have been asking districts to take books out of school libraries that contain explicit explanations of sex, labeling many young adult novels as “pornography.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, had been calling for criminal investigations of school employees who make that type of content available to students. Most complaining about the books have noted that their opposition comes from concerns regarding sex and vulgarity rather than suppressing views of LGBTQ students and authors.
Glenn expressed similar sentiments during his meeting with the librarians. “I don’t want a kid picking up a book, whether it’s about homosexuality or heterosexuality, and reading about how to hook up sexually in our libraries,” Glenn noted.
He went on to clarify that his concerns additionally stem from issues with some LGBTQ themes, specifically transgenderism. “And I’m going to take it a step further with you,” he said.
“There are two genders. There’s male, and there’s female. And I acknowledge that there are men that think they’re women. And there are women that think they’re men. And again, I don’t have any issues with what people want to believe, but there’s no place for it in our libraries.”
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