PORNOGRAPHY IN SRVUSD'S HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARIES
(and Twisted East Bay Times Reporting)
What began as a plea for LGBTQ tolerance has become a demand for LGBTQ porn. And the East Bay Times has been happy to continue playing along. The paper decries "book bans" and criticizes parents and other taxpayers who don't want pornography made available for kids in schools.
But the paper won't itself publish the content opposed by the critics, of course, and that's been the case for decades. As the French philosopher François La Rochefoucauld observed: "Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue."
An initial five pornographic books found in SRVUSD high school libraries were exposed in February and April of 2023. These are the books shown in the upper left of the sign below. Dozens more have been discovered there in the months since. At the December 13, 2023 SRVUSD Board meeting, the sign below was displayed, and five individuals read from five more of the 90 titles shown (at 1:32:18) in the sign.
Five more sets of porno-filth excerpts from SRVUSD libraries were read at the January 30, 2024 Board meeting. An original five books, including illustrated sex-of-all-kinds manuals had been exposed back at the February 21, 2023 Board meeting. Then in April, illustrations from one of sex manuals were exposed. Then, last fall, dozens of explicitly depraved, pornographic novels in high school libraries were discovered.
It turned out that pornography in SRVUSD high school libraries is systemic; the libraries (and the schools) constitute a moral hazard to the minds, hearts, and souls of students here.
Back at the February 2023 Board meeting, Dougherty Valley High School Librarian Allison Hussenet stated that in judging the appropriateness of library books, the District's librarians look for "educational value..., literary value, artistic value."
Hussenet, urged on by Board member (and as of December 2023, Board President) Laura Bratt to declare SRVUSD librarians as experts in materials selection, said the librarian "team is all duly-credentialed teachers' who are "very passionate about our title ‘teacher-librarian," and who all "go through intensive training." They "have to get an entirely new credential, and in some cases a master’s degree in order to hold our position as teacher librarian. So I would say I consider us experts.”
But they seem to be particularly expert in stocking their shelves with depraved pornography. So far, 15 of 90+ depraved pornographic books have now been exposed at SRVUSD School Board meetings.
A foolish and dishonest young East Bay Times reporter, herself a 2016 Monte Vista High School graduate, filed two stories (here and here) on the Feb. 21, 2023 SRVUSD Board meeting. “More than once,” said the first of those articles, “board members paused the meeting because of outbursts from audience members, some of whom brought signs reading, ‘Latest SRVUSD Scandal: Pornographic Books in the District’s High School Libraries.’”
The signs were large and small versions of the one below. That sign was displayed by those opposed to pornography in SRVUSD’s high school libraries. Those opponents sat quietly when not speaking directly to the SRVUSD Board.
The outbursts (jeers, catcalls, shouts) were those of the porn supporters, not the opponents. Rachel Heimann Mercader, the “reporter”/propagandist, was seated herself at the meeting in a part of the room from which she could readily observe who was doing what, so one would expect accurate reporting on who caused the outbursts.
Rachel Heimann Mercader in college
Called on that 180-degree reporting error, Mercader said initially that she would issue a correction — but then reversed herself, saying that “since it’s a grammar issue” and only one person complained, "there won't be a correction.”
So much for what passes as East Bay Times “journalism” these days. A juvenile opinion writer can masquerade as a news reporter and leave recognized lies in place.
Quoted “LGBTQ” students and activist Board members became Mercader’s proxy for voicing her editorial complaints about “banned books,” a galloping hypocrisy which the Times has cynically ridden for more than 30 years.
The East Bay Times and its component predecessor papers has/have shrieked repeatedly about “book-banning” parents and community members, while refusing itself/themselves to publish the text and images which have generated the complaints.
Another double standard involves SRVUSD’s own Policy 4119.21, part 5, which says that inappropriate employee conduct includes “possessing or viewing any pornography on school grounds.” But it’s supposedly OK for high school libraries to make porn available for 14-year-olds?
Board policy 4219.24, under "Boundary Violations Constituting Serious Misconduct" > "Romantic or Sexual Relationships," Specification #9, includes "Displaying or transmitting sexual objects, pornography, pictures, or depictions to a student." And for radio or TV, the FCC itself defines "obscenity" and says the First Amendment doesn’t protect such material, citing the Supreme Court in 1973, if it appeals “to an average person’s prurient interest,” depicts or describes sexual conduct in a “patently offensive” way; and, if taken as a whole, lacks “serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”
"Safety" in schools — a constant watchword of the hypocrites who run many or most public schools these days (and including those who run SRVUSD) — should require safety from depraved pornography. But it doesn't.
And how further ironic it is that were a stranger in a park to hand materials like Let’s Talk About It (see below) to a 14-year-old high school freshman in a park, the offending individual would be subject to arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment, under California Penal Code §311 and related sections.
But “educational materials” are exempted; so behavior that looks and smells like grooming in schools is typically protected by the teacher-union political grooming of legislators with campaign dollars and organizing.
Allison Hussenet, meanwhile, the Dougherty Valley High School librarian who spoke on Feb. 21, “explains that school librarians are rigorously trained and thoroughly investigate whether each book they add is student-appropriate.” One wonders: of what does their alleged “rigorous training” consist, and what would ever be considered inappropriate?
Hussenet and other SRVUSD librarians cite the American Library Association among supposed validating authorities, though ALA opposes ANY restriction of library material based on age or content. The other porn boosters these librarians quote are essentially libertine-librarian echo chambers.
Inappropriate material isn’t limited to SRVUSD's high school libraries. “Queering the classroom,” a program self-description by District “LGBTQ+” activists here, pushes homosexual and transgender-themed read-aloud picture-story books at children in captive-audience TK-5 ELEMENTARY classrooms.
One rationale advanced by SRVUSD's porn promoters has been that "LGBTQ students need to see themselves in textbooks and library books." So they need to see themselves as maniacly sex-crazed adolescents who should research porn on the internet and engage in sexting besides... as porn objects? Sensible parents (and teachers) disagree.
When contemplating SRVUSD administrators and a majority of the SRVUSD Board of "Trustees," one wonders further, like the rescuers in Lord of the Flies, "Are there any adults — any grownups — with you?" But these are individuals, along with some activist teachers, who evidently believe that children think like adults because they are adults who think like children. Put another way: pornography in schools implicates those responsible as stupid, ignorant, or evil.
The grossly perverse content of these pornographic books, each found in two or more of SRVUSD’s high school libraries, is exposed by BookLooks.org. Click on a book for the BookLooks detailed summary.
CAUTION: This is extraordinarily raunchy content, so perverse that not even the BookLooks summaries can cover some of it. But it's in SRVUSD's high school libraries.
This Teen’s Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human is an illustrated manual for a wide variety of sexual activities — all of which the book encourages, while it offers tips. Readers are also told that “A great place to research fantasies and kinks safely is on the internet!” “Sexting” is recommended too: “Sending or getting a wanted saucy something from a partner can be the highlight of your day. It's thrilling, sexy, and fun- a way of saying ‘you turn me on, hot stuff’ or ‘let's get turned on together.’” Perhaps even SRVUSD personnel can agree that these are not good ideas to recommend to teens.
The text and the illustrations are explicit. A few of the many illustrations are shown at the end of the linked summary. This book is present in at least the Cal High and Monte Vista libraries.
This Book Is Gay is a similarly raunchy book, in this case a how-to book for homosexual activity — sodomy and otherwise. This book is in at least three of the high school libraries: Cal High, SRV High, and Monte Vista High.
It seems to represent someone's warped notion of "equity," which has become the SRVUSD watchword for irresponsible distractions from the central business of schools: the teaching and learning of knowledge and skills. Ideology often replaces those requirements.
At page 182 in All Boys Aren't Blue: “This is likely the hardest chapter I'll ever write. And frankly, I'm not even sure if it fits with the themes of Blackness or queerness or critical race theory in this book — nor do I really care.”
That’s the problem with SRVUSD librarians and those who endorse their bad decisions: they evidently don’t care about reasonable standards for what they place before young readers. Their loyalty is given instead to
the American Library Association (ALA) and its no-restrictions depravity. This book goes on, page after page, to describe occasions of oral sex and sodomy involving the young narrator, in graphic terms. The book is in all four high schools. Its author, naturally, is now ALA’s chair for its “Banned Books Week.”
Lawn Boy is a crude sexcapade story about derelict and degenerate behavior. The book is included in at least the Cal High, Dougherty Valley High, and San Ramon Valley High library collections.
Gender Queer is autobiographic book which pictorially describes the sexual musings and misadventures of a disturbed young woman. All four high school libraries have this book.
SRVUSD Librarians and others take cynical advantage of high schoolers' stirring to become adults who challenge restrictions on their behavior and desire to take on the world by pushing the perverse notions which accompany ALA's "Banned Books Week" -- wherein obscene books are all the rage these days.
The Cal High Library's display for that week is shown. See how the kids are being alienated from their parents and driven into dark corners they don't understand in "Parents Push to Ban LGBTQ Books" (i.e., like those above), an Oct. 13, 2022 article in Cal High's student newspaper -- and in a similar Nov. 9, 2022 article in the Dougherty Valley High School Newspaper, "Queer Students Threatened by Rise in Book Censorship."
Consider one example from the books shown further above. Even those depraved individuals who consider Let’s Talk About It and its explicit pornography (text and illustrations) somehow to be appropriate for high schoolers (including 14-year-olds and perhaps a few 13-year-olds) should be concerned at some of the book’s recommendations.
It advises, for example, that “A great place to research fantasies and kinks safely is on the internet!” SAFELY?
The same page encourages teens to “do your research! Look up interviews with your favorite porn performers, go the sites they recommend, and pay for your porn.”
Additionally, “sexting” is promoted as “a wanted saucy something from a partner” that “can be the highlight of your day. It’s thrilling, sexy, and fun,” and a “long-distance act of intimacy and trust.”
It's also illegal, for adults and teens, even in California.
“It is well established that the brain undergoes a ‘rewiring’ process that is not complete until approximately 25 years of age,” and that adolescents are risk takers — often dangerously so — before they have the means to be accountable for results of risky behavior.
Further, consumption of pornography during teenage years can readily cause maladjustments of personality and other psychic and behavioral pathologies. Students have learned — or have been taught — to say that they can see the same material any time they want, on their smart phones. But see "Smartphones have Turbocharged the Danger of Porn."
And realize that the presence of pornography in school libraries — and even in classrooms — implies adult endorsement.
The rationale expressed for presence of this book in at least two SRVUSD libraries is that LGBTQ+ kids “need to see themselves” in books available at school. But the activities recommended here are dangerous. If this book’s contents represent how kids (“LGBTQ” or otherwise) see themselves, the kids are already in deep trouble, worsened by SRVUSD.
The prime directive in education should be the same as in medicine: First, do no harm. If parents want to pervert their own kids and harm their development, then let THEM place this dangerous drek in front of THEIR kids. But leave the rest of us — i.e., other taxpayers — out of that degenerate behavior.
As for the American Library Association's hyperventilating over "book bans": Substack blogger Micah Mattix exposes the cynical misrepresentations involved. ALA has become just another left-wing adversary of civil society. Its new president, Emily Drabinski, is a self-described "Marxist lesbian" for whom "queering the library" is a form of "critical thinking."
At the September 1-4 "Socialism 2023" Conference in Chicago, Drabinski said that "public education needs to be a site of socialist organizing. I think libraries do too, and that happens.... We need to be on the agenda of socialist organizing."
The American Library Association's own 2023 national conference offered numerous sessions on "book bans" — and other tendentiously crazy stuff like "Beyond the Middle School Rainbow: Intersectionality in LGBTQIA+ Middle Grade Books."
SRVUSD parents can expect expect a continuing degradation of library materials and attacks on kids' minds and morals (coinciding with likewise inappropriate classroom materials) at all school levels — elementary, middle, and high school.
At least five SRVUSD middle school and nine elementary school libraries make the perverse, raunchy novel George (retitled Melissa), about a 4th grade transvestite / "transgender," available to students. And reportedly, a staff person at Charlotte Wood Middle School (along with other personnel at separate SRVUSD middle schools?) purchased no more than 10 copies of the book for classroom use, since SRVUSD allows book purchases of that size without Board adoption.
But this is SRVUSD. So LGBTQ-themed read-aloud, picture-story books in transition kindergarten and other elementary classrooms, LGBTQ clubs for 4th and 5th graders, "comprehensive sex education," and depraved pornography in high school libraries was never going to be enough to satisfy the District's activists.
So now, at their urging, the SRVUSD Board has adopted, in a 4 to 1 vote, the novel Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow — despite all the novel's drug use and sex, including an explicit sadomasochism scene — for use in high school English classrooms.
More East Bay Times Assaults on Common Sense and Childhood Innocence
August, 2023: the East Bay Times still publishes left-wing editorials masquerading as "news." Newer EBT education-beat reporter Elissa Miolene filed two August stories (here and here) in which she relied upon outside third parties — the "Southern Poverty Law Center" and the "Trevor Project" — as convenient proxies for her own apparent views.
Both are highly compromised outfits. Regarding the corrupted SPLC, see here, here, here, and here.
As for the Trevor Project and its purported suicide rates of transgenders: see here for starters. The Trevor Project data is best understood as an exercise in selection bias; its latest report involves persons solicited during September 1 through December 12, 2022, reportedly from U.S. residents aged 13 to 24, who were “recruited via targeted ads on social media.”
Moms for Liberty ("M4L"), badly misrepresented by the first of the East Bay Times/Elissa Miolene articles above, responded with its own opinion editorial, to correct the record. But the Times editorial staff rejected the M4L article, leaving the SPLC defamation and reporter Miolene's other biases as the distorted narrative for readers.
Below is the Moms for Liberty submission, rejected by the Times, consistent with the paper's growing disregard for truth:
Moms for Liberty Have Legitimate Concerns
Many families flock to communities which comprise the San Ramon Valley Unified School District because they’ve heard that schools here are highly accredited. They realize quickly that they also enjoy the picturesque scenery, quaint downtowns, and civic spirit they find in the area.
But just as in other school districts here and across the country, parents here have become concerned with supplemental education affecting their children in neighborhood schools. Moms for Liberty (M4L), a national organization with local chapters, was formed in response.
Our mission is not one of “FEAR AND HATE” as alleged in this paper’s August 17 headline; instead, it’s one of organizing, educating, and empowering parents to defend their rights, consistent with federal law.
Our children’s well-being is thereby our ultimate intention — presumably also the goal of angry opponents at August 15’s SRVUSD Board meeting. But paraphrasing two of SRVUSD’s own stated policy objectives: we want our family values respected, and academics not to be displaced by indoctrination.
Some of our concerns:
SRVUSD elementary-school personnel who’ve publicly described “their experiences of queering the classroom,” with LGBTQ-themed read-aloud books front and center, even for transition kindergarteners (4 and 5-year-olds).
“Gender Support Plans” using forms supplied by “Gender Spectrum,” undisclosed to parents unless children, again even transition kindergarteners, give permission. Parent permission is required to administer aspirin, but not to facilitate “gender identity” changes? That’s insane.
4th and 5th grade LGBTQ “PRISM Clubs,” for which parental OPT-IN permission slips were ended in 2021. After national exposure, they were later restored, but only in OPT-OUT form. Meetings are held during lunchtime to “eliminate a little bit [more] of that parent interaction.”
PRISM Club recruitment videos shown during class time.
LGBTQ “Day of Silence” segregation in middle schools, resulting in reverse bullying for kids not participating.
These supplemental exercises can be seen at many schools across Contra Costa County, with administrators and teachers appropriating parental authority unto themselves.
They violate the letter and spirit of 20 U.S. Code section 3401(3), which asserts that PARENTS are the primary educators of their children, and that governmental institutions are to SUPPORT that parental role.
One expressed rationale for concealing children’s school-revealed “gender identities” or sexual orientations from parents is the supposition of an abusive parental response. But school personnel are mandated reporters of suspected abuse, and the concealments mentioned above generally occur now without any such suspicion or allegation.
Parents are requesting simple policy changes that would help to avoid school-based compromise of their family values and religious beliefs:
OPT-IN parental permission for supplemental LGBTQ education and activities in grades TK-5;
OPT-OUT parental permission for minors’ LGBTQ supplemental education and activities in grades 6-12;
Calendar postings of read-alouds and other events which may interfere with family values.
At parent request, parental notice when children borrow discernibly controversial books from school libraries.
The “FEAR AND HATE” story’s mention of a social media “leaflet” needs clarification. During our first M4L meeting this summer, a parent presented personal experiences and resultant concerns at a particular SRVUSD elementary school.
A “Stop Moms for Liberty” member, posing as one of our concerned parents, took a copy of the parent’s typed notes, then posted same anonymously on the “Parents of SRVUSD” Facebook page, where a current moderator is also a determined “Stop Moms for Liberty” activist.
That “leaflet” artifice represented a cynical attempt to conflate our group’s actual objectives with the tentative thoughts of one meeting attendee, thereby to discredit moms (and dads) who are legitimately worried about our kids and THEIR experiences in local schools.