Uppity school board members with an officer at their behest were quick to step in as a concerned mom exposed them to the explicit images made available within the school library.
“This is shameful, base and degrading.”
While leftists continue to peddle the narrative that conservative leaders like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds have made it their mission to ban books, parents across the nation have pushed back on the smears and the pornographic content being protected by school boards.
Hillsborough County, Florida’s Julie Gebhards has remained one of those frontline fighters and her recent effort at an Oct. 17 school board meeting went viral after an officer removed her display.
Highlighted on X by Libs of TikTok, the mother of six could be seen holding up an illustration pulled from the book “Blankets” by Craig Thompson depicting a couple in an act of intimacy where the woman’s breasts were exposed.
“UNREAL: Cop stops mom from showing images of graphic books available to students in @HillsboroughSch,” wrote Libs as, within a moment of Gebhards holding up the image, it is taken from her hands. “Too obscene for a room of adults but totally OK for kids in school!”
UNREAL: Cop stops mom from showing images of graphic books available to students in @HillsboroughSch.
Too obscene for a room of adults but totally OK for kids in school! pic.twitter.com/NcjUvDoSeB
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) October 25, 2023
In her limited time before the school board, the mom had prefaced her remarks by attempting to delay her two-minute clock to give parents of small children an opportunity to escort their young ones out of the meeting before she rattled off the contents of the book.
When denied, and with the timer counting down, Gebhards plowed ahead and explained, “The book also contains crass talk like this: ‘Church camp is the best place to score p****,’ also, ‘Did you feel up her t******.’ It has images of masturbation, naked boys peeing on each other and sexual assault of a child and more nudity — more male and female nudity. I imagine we’re uncomfortable now.”
“This is shameful, base and degrading,” she went on after noting the book described by the author as a “poignant graphic memoir” about “a young man coming of age” referenced “erections, breast fondling, biting, tasting, oral copulation, stripping off clothes in heated passion…22 images of the aroused couple, 10 images of her naked breasts.”
“This is in children’s libraries here in Hillsborough County — approved by that committee unanimously at Plant High. It’s in multiple schools. There’s ten images of that woman’s naked breasts in that book,” the mother added before her time had expired as the board chair, Nadia Combs contended “no one is allowed to bring displays.”
No stranger to fighting against explicit content in school libraries, Gebhards had previously attended a meeting in June where she had slammed the narrative of book banning and said, “Lets be clear. It’s intellectually dishonest to suggest that parents are banning books. No one is legally prohibiting books.”
NEW: Parent speaks at Hillsborough County School Board against “book ban” narrative
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) June 8, 2023
“We simply want to protect children and we won’t be silent until we do,” she had added at the time.
Recently, Reynolds had similarly pushed back on such language when she defended her own state’s laws and remarked at a press conference, “We are way off course. Our kids and our teachers deserve better.”
“They deserve the tools to help these kids succeed, not a d*mn distraction on a nasty, pornographic book that should never, ever be in a classroom. Now, if you’re a parent, and you think it’s important, this is good, for your child to have access to that, okay. Go buy the book. We didn’t ban them. Go buy the book,” she repeated, “sit down, have a conversation with your child, but let’s not put that on the teachers, and let’s not put that on the schools, and I think it’s pretty clear.”
I love my governor!!! pic.twitter.com/UXUEkDqOA9
— Beth Mushin (@beth_mushin) October 25, 2023
As Reynolds earned support, so too did Gebhards for taking a stand despite the interference from law enforcement.
If they can’t show it to adults, they shouldn’t show it to kids!!!
— The Comment Guy (@OfficialComent) October 25, 2023
I hate how they stop them from showing it, makes me SO mad.
— Words are words (@Wordsarewordz) October 25, 2023
They made her point right there. Too obscene for the the room of adults, but OK for the kids. We have a word for that – GROOMERS.
— Rapture Forums (@RaptureForums) October 25, 2023
She should sue the school, the city, the police department and the individual police officer.
Make flyers and post that cops picture everywhere.
“Just doing my job” has never been good enough to escape accountability for individual actions taken.
— Renaissance Cowboy (@RennCowboy69) October 25, 2023
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