An 11-year-old boy from Maine confronted the people who lead his district last month, reading aloud an excerpt from the “pornographic” content on the library shelves at Windham Middle School.
On Feb. 15, Knox Zajac told the Windham Raymond School Board he checked out “Nick and Charlie” by Alice Oseman. He found the book, he recalled, on a display stand on a shelf in the library.
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He then read a passage from Oseman’s book: “My back over my hips. I asked if he should take his clothes off. He was saying yes before I finished my sentence. He’s pulling off my T-shirt, laughing when I can’t undo his shirt buttons. He’s undoing my belt. I’m reaching into his bedside drawer for a condom.”
Knox, so young and innocent he didn’t even pronounce the word “library” correctly, went on to read an even more explicit section of the book. The interaction described, in vivid detail, a sexual encounter between two boys. It should be noted that, when Knox first checked the book out of the library, the librarian asked him if he wanted a “graphic novel version” of it.
After the sixth-grader finished speaking, his father, Adam Zajac, addressed the school board.
“This is the smut that he is finding,” the father said of his young, impressionable son. “I don’t care whether it’s gay, straight, bisexual — whatever the terms are for all this stuff — [it] doesn’t need to be at our school. It doesn’t need to be at my 11-year-old’s library.”
Adam Zajac, who also has a high schooler, shifted to talk about the controversial book, “Gender Queer,” which, as CBN News reported, has been stripped from some school libraries due to its vulgar content.
He condemned educators and administrators who believe it is them — rather than parents — who know what is “best” for the children sitting in their classrooms.
“Listen to the parents,” he admonished district authorities. “[I] will be more than happy to focus my time and effort to the security of my child and children in this school.”
He continued, “I will be a thorn in your sides. I just want you to be aware of what you’ve awoken.”
“I’m sure a lot of you are fine and great people and have nothing but the best intentions for our children,” Adam Zajac added. “But by the fact that this has to take four months for a school to get this book [‘Gender Queer’] out of the library is ridiculous. The parents are here right now and they’re speaking and you need to listen and do something about it quickly.”
As for Knox, he told WGME-TV this week he wanted to read an excerpt of the book “Nick and Charlie” to the school board because its contents made him “so uncomfortable” that he “had to spread the word about what was in this book and what’s in our middle school.”
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