A Florida-based conversative group is asking state’s Attorney General to deem certain books – including several notable graphic novels – as pornography and prosecute public schools that allow students to have that material, according to Tampa Bay Times.
The Florida Citizens Alliance has shared a list of books as examples of what they are referring to, which includes Raina Telgemeier’s Drama and This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki.
“We urge parents to be extremely vigilant on what their kids are reading,” the Alliance said in an announcement. “We demand that the Attorney General enforce existing anti-pornography statutes … and that the legislature take whatever action is necessary to strengthen existing laws that are being completely ignored by public schools!”
“[The Florida Citizens Alliance] argues that the sex scenes violate state laws on obscenity, while stories about same-sex parents run afoul of state statute saying marriage may take place only between a man and a woman,” writes TBT‘s Jeffrey S. Solochek.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) has published a response to this action, saying “If the FCA gets their way, they will scare teachers and administrators into not including diverse literature for fear of reprisals. It’s critical to speak out against this now and loudly.”