October 27, 2021

Reports From Oregon: “Sex Ed Books Pulled From Library Shelves at Rainier Elementary School”

From KPTV:

A sex education book full of illustrations depicting sexual acts is creating quite the controversy at a Hudson Park Elementary School in Rainier.

Parents said the book was shown to their kids without their permission, and now the school is pulling the book from library shelves.

The book in question, titled “It’s Perfectly Normal,” touts itself as a children’s book for ages 10 and up, that talks all about changing bodies, sex and sexual health.

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Officials with the Rainier School District noted the title is on the state approved list of books allowed at the school, but in a letter sent home to parents Thursday, the school’s principal admits they were inappropriately passed out to 4th graders in the library recently.

The district claims a 6th grade class accidentally left the books out, where a 4th grade class found and read them. School officials added that it was an honest mistake.

However, parents of those 4th graders, some of them just 9-years-old, said the school’s librarian showed their children the book directly, and even encouraged them to bring it home.

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Additional Coverage From Local Newspaper, The Daily News:
“Parents upset after librarian shows children ‘graphic’ sex education books”

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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