A group of parents is infuriated after finding out that their first-year English students at a local high school in Northern Virginia were forced to read a book that talked about young adults performing oral sex on each other.
In the state of Virginia, Loudoun County Public School district (LCPS), which happens to be one of the most affluent school districts in the country, had placed the book “Monday’s Not Coming” by Tiffany Jackson on the curriculum. The book itself looks into issues such as race, mental health, sexuality, and bias in the media. The book was read and discussed by a group of honors English students at Stone Bridge High School.
The parents of these students are infuriated due to the fact that there is “graphic sexual language” which borders on “pornographic content” that is set “in the classroom setting.”
The main organization speaking up about the issue is “Parents Against Critical Theory” which sent an email to the school district wondering why educators are advocating such “promiscuous actions.” The email that was sent to the administration listed a set of examples of the inappropriate phrases they had cited from the book itself, including some of the 30-plus phases that used the word “f***.”
The list included examples such as:
- “Whatever April. You don’t even go to this school. You just here to get some d***.” (page 207)
- “She sucked my d***” (page 248)
- “Is she f***ing all of them” (page 251)
- “Darrell, didn’t you f*** my sister?” (page 264)
- “F***ING P***Y!” (page 299)
- “Man, f*** you then dumb b****” (page 339)
- “That b**** is out like a f***ing turkey!” (page 348)
Parents of the students have stated that they feel very uncomfortable with these topics being so freely discussed with their children in a classroom setting. Karlee Copeland, a local mother, stated that she felt like the district is trying to take over the role of parents by going out of their way to teach such “sexually explicit reading.”
“What I don’t agree with is distribution of child pornography or sexually explicit reading materials in the classroom. My role as a mother is to ensure my children’s innocence is protected for as long as reasonably possible,” Copeland stated. “I take great offense to the school system trying to subvert my role.”
Elicia Brand, another mother from the group, stated that a set of other parents are scolding parents such as Copeland and herself for taking issue with the curriculum required reading. Brand went on to say that the parents who support these readings end up making statements such as, “who cares? They know this stuff already anyway.” “They have access to the internet,” or “They have seen it and hear it all. So what?”
“First of all, no.” Brand retorted. “Not all kids search for that on the internet … Our schools certainly do not need to hand it over to them, especially with our tax dollars. Secondly, it violates policy to force kids to read books with this kind of context in it. It is sexual harassment.”
Wayde Byard, a spokesperson for LCPS, stated that any parents with issues may ask for an alternate assignment for their children if they disagree with the curriculum as it has been set up.
“LCPS reminds parents that if they feel a book is not appropriate for their student, they may request an alternate text be assigned,” Byard stated. “There will be no academic penalty for a student should they request an alternate text to fulfill an assignment.”