Concerned parents at an Illinois middle school filed a police report against a teacher, after it was revealed that students had been offered a sexually explicit book that included instructions on performing oral sex, using sex toys, and “rimming.” The teacher, Sarah Bonner, has reportedly been placed on paid administrative leave.
NBC News reports:
It started on Monday, March 13, 2023, when she held what she calls a “book tasting” for students.
“I wanted to give them a smattering of fiction and nonfiction to choose from on a day that we call “Reading Monday,'” Bonner, 42, told TODAY.com. “We just read and celebrate books.”
One of those books was Juno Dawson’s “This Book is Gay.” It’s a bestselling nonfiction book that’s billed by its publisher as an entertaining and informative “instruction manual” for anyone coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.
“By Wednesday, I received notice that parents had gotten a hold of pictures from that book that their child had taken in class,” Bonner says. “By Friday, I was told that parents had filed a police report against me for child endangerment.”
“This Book is Gay,” which was first published in 2015, contains an abundance of sexually explicit material, including pornographic illustrations and graphic descriptions of sex acts like “rimming”, “scat”, and “strap-ons.”