Fauquier County Public Schools have issued a news release announcing a public hearing on April 23, 2014 to hear opinions, and ultimately to rule on whether or not to remove the controversial book “Two Boys Kissing” from the Fauquier High School library.
The venue has changed since the original announcement; the place will now be the Fauquier High School “Falcon Room” located at 705 Waterloo Road, Warrenton, VA 20186.
The hearing will start at 1:30PM and public comments will be received by the hearing Committee from 3-4PM. In order to fully understand the issue you should plan to attend the entire hearing starting at 1:30PM.
The issue: Should “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan be withdrawn from the FHS library collection as requested by a parent.
Background: The FHS librarian recently purchased and displayed “Two Boys Kissing” for FHS library. The author, David Levithan, has written several books about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) life today.
Considerations: Our public schools are charged with educating our children so they can lead productive lives and be good citizens of Commonwealth of Virginia and United States of America. Should our schools be teaching different lifestyles and sexual orientation?
Does this book meet “community standards”? [Editor: You can read an excerpt from the book and download it HERE. ]
In today’s highly charged society and age of political correctness those who oppose progressive ideas are immediately labeled intolerant, sexists, homophobes, bigots or worse. Those who seek to follow these progressive ideas ask for tolerance while they exhibit intolerance.
Opposing “Two Boys Kissing” is not an act of censorship. It is asking the school to use appropriate material in the education of our 13 to 17 year old students. By presenting this book to students the school is actively or indirectly endorsing such behavior. This is not what are schools are supposed to do. In addition this book is not seen as meeting community standards by most of our community.
The book: It’s narrated by demons who have died of AIDS. It tells the story of two boys hoping to set a world’s record for the longest kiss. They used to be a couple. Another two boys, Peter and Neil, are a couple and their kisses are different from those boys attempting to set the record. Another two boys have just met and are figuring out what to do next. Cooper is the boy who seems to be just looking for sex and he feels alone. He is considering suicide.
This book has a strange view of love. The dead AIDS victims blame society for not finding a cure soon enough. The book says the world is full of people who think different is synonymous with wrong. The author hopes “There will come a time when the gospel will be rewritten.”
There is no reason for this book to be in FHS library.
It will be unless your voice is heard.
John Green Bealeton