ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A Francis Howell parent says a sex education e-book in the district’s library isn’t appropriate for middle school students.
The book being questioned is “It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health.” It is in its 15th edition, has a million copies in print and has been sold in 30 different languages, according to Amazon.
Tim Schmidt learned about the e-book from another parent in Illinois who’s fighting to have it removed from their district. Although one review calls it a terrific teaching tool, Schmidt says it’s too graphic.
“Fully naked images of naked images of men, women and children,” says Schmidt. “The book also shows images of people having sexual intercourse and people masturbating as well.”
Schmidt says he isn’t against sex education in school, but doesn’t believe this book should be available to middle school students without parental consent. He has received 500 signatures on a Facebook petition to have it removed.
“Personally, I would like to see the book removed, but I think at a minimum, there has to be a better way for parents to know what sort of materials are in the library,” says Schmidt. “The school’s come out and said that they would keep children from seeing this, if a parent requests that.”
The school board will meet this week and Schmidt plans to speak to the board. A hearing on his request to remove the book isn’t scheduled until June.
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