LGBTQ Month book read at Prince William Primary School angers some parents

Prince William County Superintendent prepares for a children’s book that was read at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School last week.

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Prince William County Superintendent prepares for a children’s book that was read at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School last week.

During the morning announcements last week, the school librarian read “Prince & Knight.”

The story revolves around a prince who is about to take the throne, but first he needs a partner. He meets a knight and falls in love with him as they fight a dragon. Men eventually get married.

In a post on FacebookSupervisor Yesli Vega, R-Coles, said she was “helping a resident of Prince William and dealing in particular with local government officials regarding the availability of books to our children that depict graphic sexual acts that are inappropriate for young minds.”

The post includes an email from a parent and pictures of the book, but it’s unclear if Vega was referring specifically to “Prince & Knight” when she said “photographed sex scenes.” The book does not include sexual acts, and the men do not participate in the kiss in the book.

The only intimacy in the book is one picture of the prince resting his head on the lap of a knight sitting in front of a fountain, and another of the two holding hands and, finally, holding each other’s hands and looking at each other. their wedding day.

Vega’s chief of staff said she was not available for an interview this week. Instead, he made a statement saying that reading the book forced children into “alternative sexual romance.”

Vega said public schools “do not exist for left-wing activists to prepare students for sexual orientation.”

In her post, Vega, Who is running for the US Congress in District 7?He said the school’s students were “forced to watch and listen to a homosexual love story being read by the school librarian.”

“Student test scores at Prince William County schools have fallen to the ground, but these are the kinds of things that PWCS choose to focus their time and time on your children,” says Vega’s post. “Parent and student choice in education has never been more needed than it is now. The tax dollars you pay for your children’s education and grandchildren should be allowed to follow them to the school of your choice—not the indoctrination centers to which professional liberal activists have turned government-run schools.”

Vega said parents should have been able to opt out if they had religious or “cultural” concerns about the book.

“These are conversations to have at home with parents,” she said. “Parents of the Commonwealth of Virginia told us loud and clear last fall that they deserve and demand a say in their children’s education and learning.”

In an email to parents, Marshall Principal Kristen Bock said the school is focused on providing an “inclusive and welcoming environment for all students.”

She said the book was read in recognition of June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Bock said it is “an age-appropriate book that celebrates the bravery of a knight and prince who fight a dragon, marry, and be celebrated for their inclusion in their community.”

Bock’s email says that over the weekend “some individuals in our school community expressed concern about this book.” Under county regulations, books can be challenged and reviewed.

“While individuals have the right to disagree with the material, intimidation of Marshall employees and perceived threats against them will not be tolerated,” Bock’s email says. “While we have no reason to believe there is any current threat to our school, we will continue to work with PWCS Risk Management and with law enforcement and to report on these concerns, as necessary.”

The school declined further comment.