Republican Women of Baltimore County would like to thank Michael Ruby, editor and writer for The Villager, for his attention to the unacceptable retainment of obscene and pornographic books by the Baltimore County School system. Ruby chronicles the club’s latest efforts to safeguard students by removingLawn Boy by Jonathan Evison from school libraries. On November 19, 2022, RWBC sent a letter to BCPS to remove this book and other books with obscene sexual content or face fines and imprisonment.
Ruby also covered RWBC’s effort to remove Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe. After a ten-month delay, on December 2, 2022, RWBC members got a response to BCPS Form 6002 (“Citizen’s Review of Instructional Materials”) from Dr. Mary McComas, Chief Academic Officer of the BCPS Division of Curriculum and Instruction. McComas claims Gender Queer is in “two BCPS high schools,” but fails to mention which two. She also stated she “referred this matter to a committee… comprised of a parent, educators, central office and administrative staff.” This shadow committee recommended Gender Queer stay in the two schools’ libraries, citing Baltimore County diversity and equity Board policies (0100, 0200, 6200). Pornography is not a diverse and equitable subject and should not be exposed to children.
RWBC maintains that these books are not suitable to be in public school libraries. We remain undeterred in our effort to protect the students of this community.
The article appeared in the December 2022 issue of The Villager News and is used with permission of the publisher.