A Florida pastor was escorted out of an Indian River County School Board meeting on Monday after attempting to read pornographic content from the book, '13 Reasons Why' by Jay Asher, which is accessible to students.
Pastor John K. Amanchukwu Sr. was one of approximately 30 parents in attendance and was interrupted by the board after uttering just one sentence from the book.
“As if letting him finger me was going to cure all my problems,” The pastor began reading, which led a board member to raise their voice down the microphone to say, “Sir, I’ll stop you there.”
As Amanchukwu tried to proceed with his reading, his microphone was disabled and security was summoned.
According to Fox News, additional parents at the meeting were also interrupted while reading excerpts from various books, all of which are accessible to students.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis instituted a rule earlier in the year stating that parents “shall have the right to read passages from any material that is subject to an objection.”
The rule also stipulates that if parents are hindered from presenting their objections, the contentious materials must be promptly withdrawn and ceased from being used in the school.
Jacqueline Rosario, a member of the Indian River County School Board, told Fox News that she was the sole board member who voted to eliminate the books last year. She added that prior to the enactment of the new rule, other board members had disregarded laws concerning pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit content, allowing the books to remain accessible in school libraries.
“The difference now is, HB 1069 has allowed parents to read explicit books at board meetings. And if they get shut down, then the book is immediately removed. This is a good thing,” Rosario stated.
“It is the litmus test for acceptable age appropriate and standards driven library books. If you can’t read them at a board meeting, then you can’t have them in our schools. All that is needed now is for a “passage” to be read and the book can be removed immediately,” she added.
“The superintendent and board members refused to acknowledge the gross content made available to kids until now. Finally, they don’t have a choice. It’s about time the truth be made known. Explicit, sexually graphic, pornographic, and obscene material does not belong in any school.”