Public Comments for: HB1007 - Sexually explicit instructional material; Board of Education to establish policy.
Last Name: LMiller Locality: Fairfax County

I am for HB1007/HB1126 because it is a needed step to help break poverty cycles caused by destructive behavior choices, which is unfortunately so heavily suggested in a lot of today's "education" and normalized by media echo chambers, social media trolls, rent-a-townhall mobs, and faux "community represented" committees. I am also for Parents Right to the education and well-being for their children. In America, kids belong to parents, not the government, and the government is run by we the people, nor vice versa. Our county government leaders, teachers unions, pharmaceuticals industry, and abortion industry and their activists in the schools and libraries are as guilty now as the Tobacco Industry was for causing devastation to many kids and adults for their self-centered profits and agendas. The Tobacco Industry was Guilty in getting many kids and adults sick and devastated because of smoking addictions.  Everyone knows that the Tobacco Industry increased the demand for smoking by using constant imagery of smoking cigarettes and cigars, creating a world image that everyone does it, adding addiction to it, and suppressing the knowledge that it leads to cancer and heart failure, among other diseases.  It took a reversal of the methods--getting the image of doing it out of pictures and movies and teaching what smoking does to the body--to significantly reduce the bad behavior choice. It is a known fact that marketing through repetition, especially when echoed in the entertaining and "newspaper" world, is a psychological form of influence and acceptance--a way to normalize behaviors, it is behavioral change manipulation. Now substitute cigarettes with sexually explicit materials and substitute the Tobacco with the new gravy train sex industry groups of abortion, pharmaceutical, government-dependence, and enemies.  Now you see what's really going on, and shame on the evil profiteers of destroyed lives.  Vultures -- all of them.  Health and economic statistics clearly show that temporary"benefits" of teenage sexual.activity, premarital sexual.activity, extra-marital sexual activity, or improper sexual activity lead to abortions, diseases, infertility, preterm births, depression, insecurity, single family homes, impoverishment cycles, broken families, unsatisfied married life, broken dreams, increased drug use and crime, and premature death. Social-economic and health statistics cleanly show that to significantly break economic poverty cycles and to significantly improve health statistics, financial status, dream achievements, and longevity, one must follow behavioral choices of the two parent married home and to save sexually activity until then and within that.  Therefore, to best help accomplish such successful behavioral choices stop aiming at kids lessons and easy access to imagery of sexually explicit and disease-ridden behaviors and normalizing it in fake echo chambers of acceptance. And to counter those that defend Compressive Sex Education, which teaches EVERYTHING under the sun, as the best method, who with a sane mind would teach 1000 ways with 1000 images to smoke if you don't want them to smoke, or 1000 ways with a 1000 images to use drugs, or drink alcohol, shoot a gun or eat delicious candy if you really don't want them too?  Therefore, you don't teach 1000 ways with 1000 images of what sex activity exists, healthy or not, outside of marriage, and especially before legal ages. This is grooming.

Last Name: Watkins Locality: Reston

To Whom It May Concern, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on HB 1034. As a public high school school teacher and parent of two young children (ages 5 and 2) in Virginia, I have serious concerns that this bill will wind up doing more harm than good for the children of our state. I have worked in two different public school systems in Virginia over 13 years, and I have seen first hand how beneficial counseling services can be to a wide variety of students. If parents are allowed to prohibit their students from accessing counseling services in the school, these students may be cut off from not only critical mental health support, but but also the academic, career, and community support that school counselors and mental health team members provide. All members of a school mental health team must undergo rigorous education before obtaining their licenses, and as such they should be trusted as the professionals they are to provide only services that they deem necessary for students well-being. I strongly urge you to let the trained mental health professionals do their jobs. Don't make students get tied in the mire of adult squibbles. Thank you, Sara Watkins Mother Teacher Concerned Virginia Citizen

Last Name: Watkins Locality: Reston

To Whom It May Concern, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on HB HB1032. As a public high school school teacher and parent of two young children (ages 5 and 2) in Virginia, I have serious concerns that this bill will wind up doing more harm than good for the children of our state. As VA Senator Peterson said on January 27 of this year, regarding a similar bill, "I don't think we should be involved in micromanaging school libraries...The problem is that you’re going to sweep up books that you don’t intend to sweep up" (Matthew Barakat, abcnews.go.com). I strongly urge you to leave the books in the libraries for the kids. They deserve to have the opportunity to decide with their own parents and personal support systems what books to read. Thank you, Sara Watkins Mother Teacher Concerned Virginia Citizen

Last Name: Hommer Locality: Fairfax

Comments Document

The U.S. federal government and every state has strict laws against obscenity and child pornography. The intent of these federal laws, state laws, and Supreme Court case law is to protect children from inappropriate content. In Roth v. U.S. (1957) the legislature does not need to show actual harm to ban materials in order to protect “the social interest in order and morality.” The distribution of R-rated books is inconsistent with directives of law. The Supreme Court has stated there is a “duty to inculcate community values in school.” And “[t]he importance of public schools in the preparation of individuals for participation as citizens, and in the preservation of the values on which our society rests, long has been recognized by our decisions.” The Code of Virginia emphasizes moral and character education. There are numerous studies that illustrate that explicit materials psychologically negatively affect teenagers. R-Rated materials betray the stated goals of teachers to their students: to enhance the holistic intellectual being, to shape the moral character and ethical value systems, and to have the objective of student mental health well-being. Studies that illustrate we have a vulnerable teen population. Video games, audio recordings, and movies have ratings. Fairfax County Public Schools requires permission to watch R-rated movies. It is outrageous that we have adults wanting pornographic materials. This is not book banning. There is porn in our schools and it needs to come out.

Last Name: Miller Locality: Loudoun

I am very uncomfortable with other people deciding on what is sexually explicit for my own children. I would rather have them experience and learn from a book than perhaps try things on their own. I worry that some parents and school board members may feel that books featuring LBGTQ characters are "too sexual"; for example Drama by Reina Telegemeier is frequently challenged and releveled due to a kiss between two boys, yet another graphic novel Big Nate has a kiss between a similarly age boy and girl without any comment. Students have a range of sexual experiences by high school especially, sometimes without choice. Books could allow them the opportunity to see their feelings validated and reflected. Books may help those students' mental health. By requiring removal or automatic exceptions, these bills (1007/1009) discount the professionalism of the teachers and librarians who select the texts. Students may feel challenged by the texts, they may experience something different from their own experiences, they may learn about themselves - and that's okay, especially for our high school students who are becoming adults in their senior year and earlier.

Last Name: Miller Locality: Virginia Beach

I am writing in opposition for all three of these bills - HB1007, HB1009, HB1032. First, these bills are redundant and there is no need for all three of them. School public libraries should be staffed by licensed school librarians with advanced degrees in library science. They are trained to select materials that are age appropriate, and that address their specific school community. Every child has the right to choose from books that represent them as well as give them a perspective of other people's lives and worlds. My daughter, who graduated from Virginia Tech with honors in Engineering, never chose books with blond hair, blue-eyed girls like her. When she brought books home from the school library, it was my responsibility to read and discuss books with her. I believe that her early exposure to diverse books helped her become the successful, productive person she is. The other concern with these bills is that the term "sexually explicit" or "certain public school library materials" are both extremely vague. Who gets to decide what these terms mean in each school district? I believe that if these bills are passed, it is an overreach of the state government into school board business. These bills will also create the need for additional staffing to notify parents and to identify books which meet these vague terms or to censor them and remove them from the library. As we all know, schools are facing an unprecedented staffing shortage, and school staff, including librarians, are being asked to do a lot right now to cover these shortages. There is no extra time to undertake such an enormous task. Also, hiring new staff to review books, would put a financial strain on school districts. We know that no one likes unfunded mandates from the state. I know the focus in this administration is about parent choice in education. As a parent, I have the right to select my children’s exposure to books, movies, games, the internet. However, I do not have the right to do the same for other children. These bills essentially are giving a select group of parents’ choice, while ignoring other parents the right to choose what they think is best for their child and family. These bills are about censorship. Following Texas' book banning is not what Virginia wants or needs.

Last Name: trivette Locality: QUINTON

Note: the last word "Censorship" was inadvertently omitted from my original post. The Commonwealth and local school districts SHOULD dictate guidelines regarding what materials are and are not appropriate for inclusion in public school curriculum and libraries. As parents, our primary charge, is to guide the proper and wholesome formation of our children's hearts and minds. Our children SHOULD be protected from harmful content in public schools. And parents Should be included in the selection, monitoring and oversight of such materials. Parents may choose to take their children to a public library, bookstore or amazon and provide any book/content the whish their children to read. With exceptions for the classics of literature which have stood the test of time and provide useful context for universal themes; material which is or contains (1) is sexually or morally indecent, obscene, or grossly offensive; or (2) may be reasonably interpreted to encourage or lead to an inappropriate relationship SHOULD NOT be available to public school students. "...it is not good for children to be constantly exposed to the sexual violence in our popular culture. Protecting children seems to me logically, legally, and rather easily differentiated from CENSORSHIP ." - Molly Ivins

Last Name: trivette Locality: QUINTON

The Commonwealth and local school districts SHOULD dictate guidelines regarding what materials are and are not appropriate for inclusion in public school curriculum and libraries. As parents, our primary charge, is to guide the proper and wholesome formation of our children's hearts and minds. Our children SHOULD be protected from harmful content in public schools. And parents Should be included in the selection, monitoring and oversight of such materials. Parents may choose to take their children to a public library, bookstore or amazon and provide any book/content the whish their children to read. With exceptions for the classics of literature which have stood the test of time and provide useful context for universal themes; material which is or contains (1) is sexually or morally indecent, obscene, or grossly offensive; or (2) may be reasonably interpreted to encourage or lead to an inappropriate relationship SHOULD NOT be available to public school students. "...it is not good for children to be constantly exposed to the sexual violence in our popular culture. Protecting children seems to me logically, legally, and rather easily differentiated from ." - Molly Ivins

Last Name: White Locality: New Kent

Sexually explicit instructional material should not, ever, be in the schools. Our children should not have to sit through listening to sexually explicit material through reading or other forms coming from the public school system.

Last Name: Flug Locality: Fairfax County

Sexually explicit material should absolutely under no circumstances be allowed in our schools. By doing so, schools are guilty of gross overreach and trying to influence their values on vulnerable minds. Their job is to teach our children reading, writing, math, science and the like. It is a parent's job to instruct anything beyond that.

Last Name: Dotson Locality: Prince Edward

HB 1007 &HB1009.... It is time for the General Assembly to pass legislation that prevents Sexually explicit instructional material in our classroom; Board of Education to establish policy. Schools are failing our students. Some of this stuff is as bad as porn!!! We do not need this trash fed to our children.

Last Name: bucher Locality: rockingham

1. parents should be allowed to make decisions for their own children about masks AND about which school to use to educate their children. give us funds so we can send our children to the school of our choice. 2. parents should be allowed to opt their children out of sex education. 3. quit teaching CRT to our children.

Last Name: Carpenter Locality: VIRGINIA BEACH

I can't even begin to tell you the damage that was done to me and many others I know by being exposed to sexually explicit material at too young of an age. Some will argue that education" isn't about making people comfortable and that it's about challenging them to grow as individuals with new concepts". I agree that education doesn't have to always be comfortable and being challenged with new ideas can help us grow and expand and solidify our beliefs. When it comes to sexual material, all of that can be done outside the school system. Parents should have the dominant role in educating their children on these topics and kids are already bombarded with explicit material everywhere else in their life. In that case they can at least choose to walk away, turn off the computer or TV, put filters on their phones. In the classroom a student should never be required to study a topic that is damaging to them spiritually, emotionally, or physically. For generations, students survived and grew as individuals quite effectively without schools forcing them to engage with explicit ,inappropriate, and damaging material. Let it be so again. Give the power back to the families to educate and protect their kids. And let individuals seek out education on these topics when they are ready to seek it out of their own accord. If my son wants to learn about robots, cooking, how to build a computer, how to start his own Youtube channel- the school isn't requiring him to learn these things. He can seek them on his own though and reach out to family and other trusted individuals.

Last Name: Crews Locality: Chesterfield

What goes into a mind comes out in a life. Education of all of our children should protect their minds, their bodies and hearts.I say let’s purge the sexually explicit instructional materials!

Last Name: Hilton Locality: Williamsburg

I am fundamentally opposed to policing of literature and teaching materials - let the teachers teach. Education is not about making sure all are comfortable, but exposing students to ideas, concepts, and situations that may challenge their thinking. This is how they grow as individuals!

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