Via press release from We the People 2:
Amid rising concerns of sexually-explicit materials being disseminated in Howard County public schools, a group of parents gathered on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 to file police reports against the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and the Howard County Board of Education. Several dozen parents gathered at the Howard County Police Department-Southern District to file reports on pornography involving graphic sexual content and materials being used and disseminated in public schools.
Parents contend that many of the sexually-explicit materials are in violation of Maryland Criminal Code § 11-203 and § 11-207, and Maryland Code of Education § 23-506-1 [statutes that pertain to the use and dissemination of pornography to minors]. They each filed separate police reports to initiate investigations of who authorized the dissemination of these materials in Howard County public schools. The materials in question feature graphic depictions and descriptions of sexual acts involving child characters.
The news of sexually-explicit materials has been a topic of much discussion via local social media pages in addition to a November 9th forum organized on parent voices and school curriculum. To date, there has been little to no discussion by the Howard County Board of Education on these materials, much less on who authorized their use and dissemination.
Kim Yoon, a concerned parent who filed a police report, notes, “Our kids should not be subjected to this form of sexual harrasment, which creates a hostile learning environment and forces them to sit through discussions with child pornography.”
Lynn Morgan further noted, “As a parent, it deeply concerns me that the Howard County Public School Systes is allowing materials that give a green light to physical abuse, sexual abuse, and child pornography. Are these the norms and values that we want to have our schools promote with our children?”
The meeting was, in part, organized by a Maryland-based nonpartisan group, We the People 2, consisting mostly of concerned parents from Howard, Carroll, and Anne Arundel counties.