Progress! School librarians face prison for providing harmful books for children
Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate says: "There are now some states where there are laws protecting children from grooming perverts who push obscene pornography to children and we stand by our recommendation to file police reports."
- Several states have passed laws that could sentence librarians and book vendors to years in jail if they provide 'obscene' titles to minors
- Laws have been introduced in at least five states and are pending in nine others, allowing for the criminal prosecution of school and library personnel involved
"As parents and educators fight over book bans, five states have enacted criminal punishments for librarians who allow children to access 'obscene' materials - with a dozen states considering similar actions.
The laws could subject librarians to significant penalties, including imprisonment and hefty fines, for providing sexually explicit, obscene or books deemed 'harmful' to children.
At least seven state legislatures have passed these laws over the past two years, with six of them doing so in the last two months, although the governors of Idaho and North Dakota vetoed similar legislation.
The laws are pending in nine other states but so far there have been no instances in which a school staffer has been charged under the new laws.
Around a dozen states have also considered more than 20 similar bills this year alone with approximately half of them expecting to be reintroduced in 2024.
Laws in Idaho and Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota and Oklahoma could result in fines or imprisonment, or both, for school employees and librarians.
Tennessee's law goes further than just librarians and targets schools, book publishers and vendors who sell the books to schools in the first place................."