Granbury ISD superintendent orders librarians to remove LGBTQ books

A North Texas school superintendent is making no apology for ordering some books off library shelves. In leaked audio, he defends the move which follows the demands of Republican lawmakers.

A report from NBC News, ProPublica and the Texas Tribune revealed a leaked recording of Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn from a January meeting in Granbury ISD, southwest of Fort Worth.

Dr. Glenn told the librarians there was no place for books in school libraries that discuss transgender people or sexuality issues.

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He said students should not have access to those books even if the books don’t describe sexual conduct.

Glenn said there’s a place for every book, and he said sometimes that place may not be in a school library.

The discussion followed accusations from Gov. Greg Abbott that some Texas school districts were making pornography available in school libraries.

“We are going to pull books off the shelves, especially the 850 books that were put forth by Rep. Krause. We will pull any of those books in our library, plus any that we think do not conform. We will let the committee go through them and if they’re ok with it, we’ll put them back on our shelves,” the superintendent said. “It’s the transgender, the LGBTQ and the sex-sexuality in books. That is what the governor has said he will prosecute people for, and that’s what we’re pulling out.”

Following the January meeting, Granbury ISD temporarily pulled about 180 books for review. Most of them contained LGBTQ characters or themes.

The district ultimately said the review committee determined that eight books were sexually explicit and not age appropriate.

Two of the eight books did have LGBTQ themes. However, all the books that were removed had sexually explicit and/or pervasively vulgar content.

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The district added it does still have books in school libraries which analyze and explore LGBTQ topics.

In a statement, Dr. Glenn said Granbury ISD supports and values ​​students from all backgrounds.


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