The Governor of the state of Texas ordered his education oversight officials to investigate whether pornographic material in public schools is available to students under the age of 18 and report it to the courts for prosecution.
On Nov. 10, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott wrote a letter to the Texas Education Oversight Agency commissioner, telling him that students in public schools were exposed to pornographic material. That prompted him to develop statewide measures to prevent such harmful and damaging content from being available in the public school system.
Abbott argues that developing these measures will protect students from being exposed to pornography but that while these are being developed and planned, immediate action needs to be taken.
“The presence of pornography in schools is not only inappropriate, but it is also against the law,” the Governor wrote. “In Texas, it is illegal to provide pornography to anyone under the age of 18 according to Section 43.24 of the Texas Penal Code.”
He added, “The fact that pornographic material that serves no educational purpose has been made available to students in Texas public schools is a clear violation of the law.”
In his letter, Abbott criticizes the teachers’ union and the Texas School Boards Association for failing to respond to an initial letter he sent on Nov. 1 alerting the union that large numbers of parents complained that their children were being exposed to indecent material.
“A growing number of parents of Texas students are becoming increasingly alarmed about some of the books and other content found in public school libraries that are extremely inappropriate in the public education system,” Abbott told the teachers union. “The most flagrant examples include clearly pornographic images and substance that have no place in the Texas public education system.”
According to Fox News, in an earlier instance, the Governor complained about two books recently removed from school libraries. One is titled “Queer Gender: A Memoir,” by Maia Kobabe, which received complaints about its illustrations. The other withdrawn book is titled “In the House of Dreams,” by Carmen Maria Machado, which depicted sexual acts.
“That is why I am directing the Texas Education Agency to investigate any criminal activity in our public schools involving the availability of pornography. During this investigation, I ask the agency to refer any instance of pornography being provided to minors under the age of 18 for prosecution to the fullest extent of the law,” the Republican asserted.
Abbott ended his letter by saying: “We have a responsibility to ensure that no Texas child is exposed to pornography or obscene content while in a Texas public school, and your investigation will help accomplish this mission.”
The Texas governor’s letter and decision comes as no surprise to Americans.
Last Sept. 23, the mother of a six-year-old girl discovered that the bookstore at her daughter’s high school in Fairfax, Virginia, had two completely inappropriate and obscene books—one of them mentioned by Gov. Abbott.
Stacy Langton decided to take matters into her own hands and complained to a parent meeting with the school board about the books.
The video of Ms. Langton talking about the content of the books went viral. Unfortunately, the school board attempted to censor her presentation by saying that “there were children in the room,” precisely proving the point she wanted to illustrate, as the books contained descriptions of acts of pedophilia, among other obscenities.
Ms. Langton’s case joined by Loudoun County, Virginia’s case, which made headlines in the conservative media because teachers’ unions told parents they had no right to choose what their children were taught.
Media analysts say that these incidents between parents and teachers’ unions promoting pornography or critical race theory were the reasons why, after more than ten years, the Democrats lost the election in Virginia.