CHEROKEE COUNTY, Georgia — A group of parents in Cherokee County have spoken out against critical race theory and books they say are sexually explicit.
The Cherokee County School Board held a regular meeting Thursday night.
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Neither CRT nor books are on the agenda but there is a public comment section.
Dozens of parents said Channel 2 Action News they plan to address both issues. They say they want the district to ban 75 different books.
Channel 2’s Matt Johnson was at the meeting and said that dozens of parents have criticized the district and are handling what those parents consider to be obscene material.
“This county is too concerned about cramming all this woke trash down our children’s throats,” one impassioned parent said during the public comment section.
School superintendent Dr Brian Hightower told parents that there is already a system in place to flag potentially inappropriate books, but many parents felt that was not enough.
The Cherokee County School District banned teaching critical race theory last year after an outcry from parents.
Georgia lawmakers are already debating a bill that would ban CRT from all Georgian schools.
The author of the bill insists it would not prevent the teaching of history, including the history of slavery and racism in Georgia.
Democrats questioned the need for the bill because CRT is not taught in public schools anyway. But how to define CRT is not universally accepted.
That’s what Kennesaw State teacher Jillian Ford said caused confusion.
“Because they don’t actually know what critical race theory is or is, it’s become a general catch-all term for what they call awakening,” Ford said.
Forsyth County Schools recently banned several books after the district determined they contained sexually explicit material.
The deleted books include:
• “Not All Boys Are Blue” by George M. Johnson
• “Juliet breathes” by Gabby Rivera
• “L8r, g8r” by Lauren Myracle
• “Me Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews
• “Nineteen minutes” by Jodi Picoult
• “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Perez
• “The bluest eye” by Toni Morrison
• “The Infinite Moment of Us” by Lauren Myracle
Forsyth principals say they support the First Amendment and that “if students and their parents choose to read these books outside of school, it is their right to do so.”
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Channel 2 Action News is still working to get a list of the 75 books Cherokee County parents want removed.
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