Collin County Representative Matt Shaheen announced Jan. 19 that he has filed House Bill 1404, which would ban book sellers from selling books to Texas schools if they sell obscene materials to schools in the Lone Star state.
“Attacks against children are on the rise and I am determined to hold accountable book sellers who expose children to horrifying material designed to sexualize our vulnerable children,” Shaheen said in a statement. “The indoctrination of innocent children with ideologies that are contrary to the ideals and values of our families is unacceptable.”
This bill is in response to the recent wave of book bans in Collin County school districts. As previously reported Local ProfileFrisco ISD removed 10 books from school shelves between February and August 2022. At its November 30 meeting, the board voted for the first time to permanently remove five more books.
Book tests are subject to three levels of review in accordance with the new FISD guidelines. However, there is an expedited review process if the book may have specific overt or obscene content.
The first level of review includes parents and staff studying the material. If the book has been approved but the applicant does not agree, it proceeds to a Level 2 Review, which involves county officials and administrators. If, after this review, the applicant is still unsatisfied with the results of the review, the applicant may file an appeal for the board to make a final decision.
But not everyone is happy with the recent wave of book bans. Local Profile It was previously reported that Neil Gaiman, author of best-selling books such as Sandmanand recently banned american gods, took up Twitter to express his outrage at his books being labeled “obscene”.
The tweet read: “american gods, Anansi Boys and Ocean at the end lane all were banned and removed from Frisco County. Amazing…”
Since the problem arose, FISD has promised to review one million books in its libraries.