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Hi, my name is Sandee Everett and I am a current trustee on the Conejo Valley Unified School District school board. I'm running for re-election this Fall and we need your vote in November.
Today I want to talk to you about one of my guiding principles as a board member, which is that parents know what is best for their own children.
When it comes to graphic content being introduced to students at school, I believe that parents should have a choice. For example, when a teacher chooses to show an R-rated movie in their classroom, they send home a paper and the parent needs to sign the paper before the student is permitted to watch the movie.
Similar to some of these movies, we have books on our assigned reading lists that contain graphic descriptions of child rape and other violence. These are not the books that we remember reading when we were growing up. The descriptions of child rape are so graphic that they leave little to nothing to the imagination.
We know that one in ten children under the age of 18 is the victim of sexual abuse. Content like graphic child rape, which is in some of our assigned books, has the potential to re-traumatize some of these students.
I believe that parents know their children best and understand their sensibilities and sensitivities.
That is why I support giving parents and students a heads-up about content in our reading lists that contains graphic descriptions of child rape and other violence. I have five children - and I want to protect my children. I'm sure you want to protect your children, too. The district's current book policy does not require parents to be given a heads-up or students to be given a heads-up.
In addition, when a student selects a different book or an alternative reading assignment, the student is required to leave the classroom for the rest of that unit, which can be for weeks. I believe that this practice has the potential to embarrass students and cause a chilling effect, so that students will not ask for another book when they really want to.
I support giving parents and students the information they need in advance to make wise choices - just like we do for the R-rated movies. I believe this is the respectful and the right thing to do. I will always protect a parent's right to choose what is best for their own child.
Please vote for me in November. My name is Sandee Everett.