Georgia parent reading sexual content from library at school board meeting is cut: ‘inappropriate’

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A Georgia School Board Member cut out a concerned mother reading sexually explicit content from a book available to high school students in the district, saying the passage was “inappropriate” for children to hear.

“Excuse me, we have children at home” Member of the Cherokee County School Board identified as Patsy Jordan told the angry mother after reading a sexual passage from the book “Homegoing”. The school board member pointed out that the meeting was being broadcast live and said the reading of the passage was “inappropriate”.

“Don’t you find the irony in that?” the parent responded. “You say exactly what I say! You give it to our kids! I would never give that to my kids!”


The video of the exchange has since received hundreds of thousands of views on social media.

The parent present at the meeting told council that the process of remove books from school libraries is long. She said the current wait time for a book review extends until November this year and books under review remain available to students until the review is complete.

“All of this happened under your watch,” the relative told the council. “Perhaps if you spent more time reading these books instead of calculating the demographic statistics of those who submit the books, you wouldn’t be caring for our children. Are you saying we embarrass you? Well, you embarrass us, us and our That’s not okay! You’re supposed to give them a safe space at school. Those books? If I can’t email them to you, if I can’t say them, they shouldn’t not be in school!

Counsel then told the mother that her time was up.

Cherokee County Board of Education Front row, left to right, Kelly Poole, Kyla Cromer and Patsy Jordan. Back row, left to right, Clark Menard, John Harmon, Mike Chapman, Robert Rechsteiner and Superintendent Dr. Brian V. Hightower.
(Cherokee County Board of Education)

A spokesperson for the Cherokee County School District told Fox News Digital Thursday morning that school board members arrested the parent “because she was reading a high school-aged book, and children under high school age have access to the live stream of the meeting and access to watch the video when it was posted the following day on the CCSD website.”

The spokesperson added that the affected parent had no high school students in the school district and ‘had been told multiple times’ that she could challenge the removal of the book, but did not. . The book is only available to high school students in the district, and parents “have the right to prevent their child from borrowing books from media centers.”


Yaa Gyasi’s ‘Homegoing’ book is described as an ‘extraordinary novel’ which ‘illuminates the troubled legacy of slavery for both those captured and those left behind – and shows how the memory of captivity s is inscribed in the soul of our nation,” according to Barnes & Nobles.

Classroom interior in elementary school.  A row of empty desks sits in a lighted room.

Classroom interior in elementary school. A row of empty desks sits in a lighted room.


The unidentified mother at the meeting told PJ Media that parents have been bringing explicit books to the attention of the school board since around November last year. The mother returned with other concerned parents in January, only to find the books in question were still available to pupils. Now parents are reviewing a list of books available to students that they find inappropriate, including “The Glass Castle,” PJ Media reported.


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