A lawmaker in Oklahoma has proposed legislation that would empower parents to ban books with sexual content from their children’s school libraries.
State Sen. Rob Standridge, a Republican, presented the law — Senate Bill 1142 — this week. If passed, parents and legal guardians would be permitted to request books with sexually explicit material to be taken from school libraries within 30 days. Failure to do so could result in fines of up to $10,000, if the bill is signed into law.
“Our education system is not the place to teach moral lessons that should instead be left up to parents and families,” Standridge said of the proposal, according to The Washington Times. “Unfortunately, however, more and more schools are trying to indoctrinate students by exposing them to gender, sexual and racial identity curriculums and courses.”