Committee Chair - Julia Thomas ([email protected])
Committee Size = 5 Members (Including 1 retired teacher / 1 current teacher)
Purpose: Founded in 2021, the CMRC was formed shortly after the founding of the Chapter in response to a cascade of complaints about CRT materials and "porn" books in the school libraries within the Hernando County School District.
Over the past 2+ years, our Committee has engaged in a steady fight with the Hernando County School District, namely Board Members Susan Duval, Linda Prescott, Gus Gudagnino, Kay Hatch, and Jimmy Lodato, as well as Superintendent John Stratton and his staff to simply follow District Policy and State Statute (Law) and remove these inappropriate books.
To date, our Committee has discovered over 150+ books that contain sexually age-inappropriate content that is not suitable for underage children or contains overtly anti-American and pro-Communist CRT-based subject matter. Out of these 150+ books, roughly 50-60 of them contain extremely graphic sexual content such as incest, and rape. These books also glorify the use of alcohol, recreational drugs, every heavy illegal drug known to man, and even suicide.
Between November 2021 and October 23, 2023, the Hernando County School District has received over 67 challenges, and to date, the District has only voted to remove 3 of those books. Keep in mind that under Florida Law (847.013), exposing minors to harmful exhibitions, shows, presentations, or representations of sexual or pornographic content is a third-degree felony.
Highlight: Given the refusal of the Hernando County School District to comply with its own policies, let alone State Statute, as well as its dishonest attempts to hide inappropriate books (sexual or otherwise), and to knowingly use dishonest tactics to even gaslight the public about our efforts to remove them, our Committee has decided to add an official Committee Page to our website so that we can better inform the public about how their tax dollars are being spent and what their elected Board members are up to.
👇 A full detailed list accompanied by copies of the official challenges, emails between the Committee and District, and other supporting materials can be found below (This is a work in progress, so please bear with our Committee as we painstakingly expose everything) 👇
Exposing the "Book Ban Hoax": Sadly, at nearly every Hernando County School Board meeting a tiny yet vocal minority of District Staff shows up (at the request of the Board) to not only defend these inappropriate books but also to defend the Board on why they have a right to discuss sexual topics with minors. The most common phrase used by these "groomers" is that Moms for Liberty is trying to "ban books".
For the record, at no point has our Chapter EVER called for a book ban. This is a lie. We are simply asking our School District and others to follow the law and more importantly remind the District that it's not their duty or their job to discuss sexually age-inappropriate materials or promote hard-left Marxist anti-American political topics with children. Our Public Schools need to educate, and not indoctrinate!
Here's what we are NOT doing:
Here's what we ARE doing:
When is a Book Actually Removed:
The following titles have been found and challenged using the online library search tool, Alexandria, which can be found on the website for each School in the District. This information is not accurate and as mentioned above, we are in the process of updating every, single, challenge, along with all supporting materials, links to video reviews about the books, and anything else connected with the Challenge.
Clicking the title links will bring you to a full breakdown of each book challenge which contains a full synopsis of the content that we object to. If a link is missing, then that means we are still in the process of uploading the documents.
⚠️⚠️ WARNING - 18+ YEARS OF AGE ONLY ⚠️⚠️
The titles below have varying degrees of obscene material including but not limited to:
|001-2021 (1)||Looking for Alaska||Fox Chapel Mid||--||RE-CHAL|
|002-2021 (2)||Diary of a Part-Time Indian||Fox Chapel Mid||--||RE-CHAL|
|003-2021 (3)||Thirteen Reasons Why||Fox Chapel Mid||--||RE-CHAL|
|004-2021 (4)||Diary of a Part-Time Indian||Spring Hill Elem||--||RE-CHAL|
|005-2021 (5)||Tango Makes Three||Deltona Elem||--||RE-CHAL|
|006-2021 (6)||Julian is a Mermaid||Deltona Elem||--||RE-CHAL|
|007-2021 (7)||The Family Book||Deltona Elem||--||RE-CHAL|
|008-2021 (8)||This Day in June||Deltona Elem||--||RE-CHAL|
|009-2021 (9)||Boy 2 Girl||Powell Mid||--||RE-CHAL|
|010-2021 (10)||COMMITTE REVIEW||Powell Mid||--||HOLD|
|011-2021 (11)||Drama||Westside Elem||--||RE-CHAL|
|012-2021 (12)||L8rG8r||Challenger K8||--||RE-CHAL|
|013-2021 (13)||COMMITTEE REVIEW||Challenger K8||--||HOLD|
|014-2021 (14)||The Hate You Give||Challenger K8||--||RE-CHAL|
|015-2021 (15)||Thirteen Reasons Why||Challenger K8||--||RE-CHAL|
|016-2021 (16)||COMMITTEE REVIEW||JD Floyd Elem||--||HOLD|
|001-2022 (17)||COMMITTEE REVIEW||JD Floyd Elem||--||HOLD|
|002-2023 (30)||Lucky (Alice Sebold)||5||Central High||REMOVED||REMOVED|
|003-2023 (31)||Lucky (Alice Sebold)||5||Hernando High||REMOVED||REMOVED|
|004-2023 (32)||Lucky (Alice Sebold)||5||Nature Coast High||REMOVED||REMOVED|