FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) – Public schools in Fairfax County have removed two novels from their libraries after a mother expressed concern about the contents of the books at a school board meeting.
Both books were suspended “immediately” after parent Stacy Langton confronted the school board in a meeting Thursday night over the sexual content of the novels.
Both books, “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe and “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison, are available to high school students in the county. The novels contain illustrations and graphic descriptions exploring sexual themes, such as oral sex and masturbation.
“Both of these books include pedophilia, sex between men and boys,” Langton said. Her microphone was muted as she read paragraphs from the novels.
Fairfax County Public Schools say they are now reviewing the novels.
The broadcast of Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison and Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe will be suspended with immediate effect. FCPS is convening two committees of staff, students and parents led by our Library Services Coordinator to assess the suitability of both texts for inclusion in our school libraries The recommendations of the committees will be presented to the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services who will make a final decision on whether FCPS continues to stock these books.
Fairfax County Public Schools
School board member Karl Frisch took to Twitter to defend the novels, saying: “… nothing will disrupt our board’s commitment to LGBTQIA + students, families and staff. Nothing.”