An Oklahoma lawmaker introduced a bill that aims to allow parents to remove graphic books from school libraries.
Senate Bill 1141 states that no public school district, public charter school or public school library shall maintain in its inventory or promote 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 or 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.
A parent or guardian of a student who believes there is a violation of the bill may submit a written request to the district superintendent or charter school administrator to remove the book. The book requested for removal shall be removed within 30 days of the request.
An employee tasked with removing the book who fails to do so shall be dismissed or not unemployed.
“The employee shall be prohibited from being employed by a public school district or public charter school for a period of two years,” the bill states.
The book shall then be removed by a school administrator.
If the book is not removed, parents shall have a cause of action against the district and may seek monetary damages including a minimum of $10,000 per day the book requested for removal is not removed, reasonable attorney fees and court costs.
Oklahoma State Sen. Rob Standridge, who sponsored the bill, said the education system is “not the place to teach moral lessons that should instead be left up to parents and families.”
“Unfortunately, however, more and more schools are trying to indoctrinate students by exposing them to gender, sexual and racial identity curriculums and courses,” he said. “My bills will ensure these types of lessons stay at home and out of the classroom.”