Clay County Dad’s Microphone Muted During School Board Meeting While Reading Book From High School Library – Action News Jax
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — A Clay County parent’s dispute with his school board has drawn national attention after he turned off his microphone while trying to read a passage from a book in the Fleming Island High library. School, which he considered “pornographic”. ”
Bruce Friedman is part of a national group called No Left Turn, which maintains a list of books that parents have opposed across the country.
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He found at least three examples in Clay County schools that he wanted removed from library shelves, including a book at the Fleming Island High School library, “Lucky” by Alice Sebold.
The book’s description on Amazon characterizes it as a memoir by the author, who was brutally raped at age 18 and recounts her recovery.
Bruce Friedman sees it very differently.
“I don’t know a good parent who wants their child to read porn,” Friedman said.
Friedman raised his concerns at the June 30 meeting of the Clay County School Board.
When he attempted to read an excerpt from the book, he was cut off.
“Turn his mic off please,” said one of the reunion members not shown on camera.
The explanation given to him was, “There are state laws that prohibit, and federal communications laws that prohibit you from posting these things to a child,” the person said on the microphone.
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In a statement provided by a district spokesperson, a similar explanation was given for muting Friedman’s microphone.
“When addressing the Board of Directors, since our meetings are televised, we must follow FCC laws and regulations,” the spokesperson said.
“Ironic, isn’t it?” Friedman said.
The district informed us of an official complaint against “Lucky” was dropped off after the meeting, and the book was temporarily removed from the shelf pending an official review.
Friedman is glad the book is gone, but says he should never have complained.
“Why did I have to be the guy who found it?” Why am I doing your job? Your job is to protect our children, educate them and send them home safely on the bus. The end,” Friedman said.
According to the district, the book was first purchased in May 2005.
The library had only one copy, which has been checked out a total of 14 times since its purchase.
The last time it was checked before being taken down was May 17, 2017.
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