Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Guidance Document Change: The guidance document "Model Policies Concerning Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content" was developed in conjunction with stakeholders in order to comply with SB656 (2022).
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7/26/22  8:20 pm
Commenter: Easter DiGangj

Strongly oppose

Parents who have an area of concern need to do the job of a parent and communicate with their schools and libraries that their kids have access to. The act of providing sex education materials  or books that have sexual experiences does not make an individual or entity a “groomer”. I can tell you as an incest survivor that groomers want to keep you isolated and ignorant about your body so that you can’t tell anyone. More information protects kids. More information on different gender identities doesn’t “make” you queer any more than reading about different ethnicities makes you a different ethnicity. It helps you be aware of the world you live in and not fear the unknown.  There are drills for intruders because of school shootings. Similarly you want kids to have information about their bodies I would hope to protect themselves. Don’t make it harder for folks to get information. That impinges on the rights of parents like myself who want my kids to have access. Parents need to take responsibility for parenting and not ask schools and libraries to do it for them. That’s putting government in where it doesn’t belong. If you have a concern, you need to speak up for your own family. As a child, I had a parent who didn’t want me to read a book and the teacher simply assigned me a different book. This is the better approach. Free people read freely. We don’t want to be like China or Russia who controls the flow of information. 

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