A furious mother in Oklahoma is demanding that a former teacher face “criminal charges” for giving young students access to a book database containing “pornographic material.”
Fox News reports that the mother doesn’t want the teacher to ever step foot inside a classroom again.
“This is pornographic material,” said Laney Dicksion in an interview with Fox 25 in reference to a book about self-identity and sexuality. “No one would be allowed to disseminate this to children, much less a teacher in our public schools systems. [Teacher Summer Boismier] has access to children and to minors.
“The woman should not have access to children now or in the future. She should be stripped of her certifications. To be perfectly frank with you, she should have criminal charges against her,” Dicksion noted further.
Fox News added:
Dicksion said former Norman High School English teacher Summer Boismier provided students with a QR code this school year to a Brooklyn Public Library database called “Books Unbanned.” Dicksion’s daughter did not use the QR code to look at the list of books on the database, but her mother did and found books she described as pornographic.
“What I found was the books unbanned program,” Dicksion said. “It said, ‘Read banned books. Here’s our next upcoming event: reading the book, ‘Gender Queer.'”
The book, published in 2019, claims to be a memoir detailing the writer’s “journal of self-identity” while “grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears,” a description posted at Amazon.com notes.
Though she was holding a copy of the book during her interview with Fox 25, Dicksion refused to read any of it on the air: “I’m not sure if I can even say these things on camera, to be honest with you.”
She went on to note that she filed a complaint with the teacher’s school after Boismier provided students access to the database via the QR code. She was placed on administrative leave shortly afterward, Fox News reported, and then resigned.
“I have made the decision to resign from my position at Norman High School. I will say that the district did offer me back my job, allowing me back in the classroom as of tomorrow morning,” Boismier said in a statement, Fox 25 reported.
“However, there were some fundamental ideological differences between myself and district representatives that I just couldn’t get past,” she continued. “HB 1775 has created an impossible working environment for teachers and a devastating learning environment for students. For the second year in a row, students at Norman High will be without a certified English teacher for a substantial amount of time. The fault for that lies with Governor [Kevin] Stitt and Republican state leadership.”
The legislation prohibits teachers from discriminating against students on the basis of race or sex — as does federal law and the Constitution.
“Public schools in this state shall be prohibited from engaging in race or sex-based discriminatory acts by utilizing these methods, which result in treating individuals differently on the basis of race or sex or the creation of a hostile environment,” HB 1775 says.
The measure passed overwhelmingly, with the GOP majority hailing it as a win against the introduction of divisive critical race theory and “Marxist ideology” in the classroom, with Fox News adding:
As part of the new law, Norman Public Schools had teachers sign a form before classes began this school year, ensuring that teachers fully reviewed classroom libraries and removed some materials available to kids.
For her part, Boismier was unrepentant, telling Fox 25 that she did share the QR code to “Unbanned books,” and that she has “no regrets, would do it again, will do it again.”
The ACLU and state educators have filed a lawsuit against HB 1775, claiming it violates the First Amendment.
The mother said it’s “frightening” that Boismier has “no regrets.”
“Parents need to be aware of what’s being given to their children, what’s being pushed upon their children, and that’s this [book],” the mother said.
One state lawmaker also discussed the situation.
“If you were living alone down the street from me, and my kids went to your house, and they walked in there and you hand them this book, I bet the DA would press charges against you,” GOP state Sen. Rob Standridge told Fox 25.