A father at a public school board meeting in Stillwater, Oklahoma, left board members in stunned silence when he read aloud from a few books available in the school library.
Stillwater resident Riley Flack first made it clear that he was not calling for a general “ban on books,” but felt that certain “explicit and highly inappropriate books” did not belong in Stillwater Public Schools’ libraries.
Flack referenced two disturbing books, one which he said was currently available in elementary school libraries and another that graphically described the “rape of a 10-year-old girl,” before selecting a passage with explicit accounts of oral sex from “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” to read aloud.
“I hesitate to read it. I don’t feel comfortable reading it to adults,” Flack told the board. “13-year-olds can check this book out and you guys have bought it for them, and provided it for them.”
After reading a few truly disgusting passages, Flack noted that there are 79 instances of the F-word in the book, as well as a long list of other age-inappropriate words.
“Do these books have academic value?” Flack asked the stunned board members. “You guys are going to have to answer that question.”