An Anchorage school librarian’s emails defending sexualized books in the stacks of elementary schools in Anchorage has gotten the attention of national news.
“An Anchorage, Alaska, district librarian privately defended a pornographic book that was in the district by invoking the Holy Bible as a defense of providing those materials to children, internal emails show,” Fox Digital News reported.
“The Polaris K-12 public school librarian Rachel Gregory discussed the book ‘This Is Gay’ that was previously in circulation in the district and said it was a ‘slippery slope’ to ban it, while comparing it to the Holy Bible in an October 2022 email to the school’s principal, Carol Bartholomew. The internal documents were obtained via public record request by a local parent, Jay McDonald, and were reviewed by Fox News Digital.”
Bartholomew appeared to solicit talking points and information from the librarian after receiving community pushback about the book, Fox News reported.
“This Book is Gay” discusses romps in saunas and sex parties, which can pose a higher risk for contracting sexually transmitted infections. However, the librarian maintained in the email that the book does not anywhere “encourage unsafe behavior.” Fox reported.
Jay MacDonald, who has read portions of the book aloud to the Anchorage School Board, has been ordered by the board to stop reading passages of books that he reports are in the school libraries. His records requests uncovered emails between school employees that related to their efforts to make unsavory sexualized material available to very young children in the Anchorage School District. Some of the records show that books were being hurried into the classrooms, while to the public, school employees were saying the books were not available for children.