JCPS Open Archives Reveals School Libraries Hold Controversial Books

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) — A week after parents raised concerns about certain books in school libraries, Jefferson County Public Schools has provided a list of schools with access to the books in question.

Parents contacted WAVE News about the books “Lawn Boy,” by Jonathan Evison, and “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” by Maia Kobabe, which are stored in some JCPS school libraries.

Both books contain LGBTQ topics and include illustrations depicting sexual acts. The content inside the books was challenged by the parents before the Board of Educationseeking to have the books removed from school libraries.

WAVE News asked for open records to see which schools had purchased and were currently in possession of the two books.

“Gender Queer” has been purchased by the following schools:

  • Atherton High School
  • Central High School
  • Liberty High School
  • Phoenix School of Discovery (high school students only)

“Lawn Boy” has been purchased by the following schools:

  • Atherton High School
  • Phoenix School of Discovery (high school students only)
  • PRP High School
  • valley high school
  • Waggener High School

The district said it does not have a record of schools that have removed the books from school libraries.

Although order forms for “Lawn Boy” were not provided as the book was purchased for schools in 2018, orders for “Gender Queer” show that the book was purchased by every school listed under of a large order including many other books.

Both books have been debated in other school districts for their content, with some schools leaving the books on the shelves citing diversity and inclusion.

The school board told parents to contact principals if there is a problem with books in school libraries and to escalate the complaint to the school board’s decision-making council if they are unhappy with the school’s response. school.

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