Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) directing it to investigate possible criminal activity involving schools making available “pornographic material that serves no educational purpose.”
“In Texas, it is illegal to provide pornography to anyone under the age of 18 according to Section 43.24 of the Texas Penal Code,” reads Abbott’s letter. “The fact that pornographic material that serves no educational purpose has been made available to students in Texas public schools is a clear violation of the law.”
“That is why I am directing the Texas Education Agency to investigate any criminal activity in our public schools involving the availability of pornography,” he continued. “During this investigation, I ask the agency to refer any instance of pornography being provided to minors under the age of 18 for prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.”
“We have a responsibility to ensure that no Texas child is exposed to pornography or obscene content while in a Texas public school, and your investigation will help accomplish this mission,” the governor added.
This comes amid parents around the country discovering the presence of sexually explicit material in some school libraries accessible to their children.
For example, a book with sexual imagery and themes called “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe — was found in a Keller Independent School District school library last month.
In a separate incident in September, a Texas mother named Kara Bell excoriated the Lake Travis Independent School District for making available a sexually explicit book called “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Perez.
“I do not want my children to learn about anal sex in middle school,” said Bell. “I want you to start focusing on education and not public health.”
Read Abbott’s letter to the TEA:
In this exclusive report, Kristi Leigh advocates for the safety of her child by filing a police report against her daughter’s school library for permitting pornographic books on their shelves.