(The Center Square) – A Virginia lawmaker is heading to court to stop Barnes & Noble from selling the controversial “Gender Queer” and “Court of Mist and Fury” books to minors and stop Virginia Beach City public schools from providing books for minors without parental consent.
Of the. Tim Anderson, R-Virginia Beach, who is also an attorney, intends to ask the court for a restraining order against Barnes & Noble and Virginia Beach City Public Schools that would prevent them from giving the books to minors without the approval of ‘a parent. The announcement comes after the Virginia Beach Circuit Court found the books may be too obscene for unrestricted viewing by minors.
“We are in for a major fight,” Anderson said in a statement. “Lawsuits like this can be filed throughout Virginia. There are dozens of books. Hundreds of schools.
The books are two of many other books that have caused controversy in Virginia’s public education system. Some conservative lawmakers and parent groups alleged that some schools provided the books to children and alleged that they contained obscene sexual content.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools has provided a statement to The Center Square, which says its attorneys will explain how the law applies to these books used in the public school system.
“The school board and the school division are not parties to the petition for adjudication statements of obscenity under 18.2-384 of the Code of Virginia,” the statement said. “After consultation with the school board, the school board’s legal counsel will discuss with the court the applicability of this law to the school board and school division.”
Barnes & Noble provided a statement to The Center Square in which the company asked customers to respect the fact that they offer a wide range of materials and a diversity of opinions.
“As booksellers, we offer thousands of books whose subject matter may be offensive to some,” the statement said. “We live in a diverse society, and this diversity of opinion is reflected in the books we carry on our shelves that cater to the wide range of interests of our customers. We ask our customers to respect our responsibility to offer this range of reading material, and to also respect that, even if they have chosen not to buy it themselves, it may be of interest to others.
Governor Glenn Youngkin has signed a law that requires schools to notify parents of sexually explicit content in classes and allows students to refuse their children from using any material containing anything sexually explicit. These students would be assigned alternate assignments.