Ron DeSantis played a shocking video at the start of his press conference on Wednesday containing sexually explicit content illustrated and detailed in children’s books at various Florida schools.
The Florida governor had his staff warn the crowd in Tampa, Florida before it played that the video would show ‘material that is sexually explicit in nature and not suitable for children’ – and all minors were removed from the room during the roughly six-minute video.
Illustrations from the books included depicting minors engaged in sexual activity and instructions on how to masturbate, engage in sex acts or download apps that make it easier to have ‘casual intercourse.’
The content intended for children was so graphic and explicit that the live stream from local news stations of DeSantis’ press conference was cut on social media. It also earned a ‘sensitive content warning’ on Twitter.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis played a shocking video at the start of his press conference Wednesday containing sexually explicit content illustrated and detailed in children’s books found at various schools in Florida
Parents, many of whom spoke at the press conference, were horrified that these books were being given to their children by teachers and educators.
DeSantis, who continued to inch closer to announcing a presidential run, railed against the presence of graphic material in schools and slammed the ‘hoax’ that taking these books out of the classroom is a form of ‘book banning.’
‘I just think parents, when they’re sending their kids to school, they should not have to worry about this garbage being in the schools,’ the GOP governor said.
He compared the content in the books to pornography.
A member of the group Moms for Liberty said that calling the removal of these graphic images and content from schools a ‘ban’ on books is like saying that schools are ‘banning’ the pornographic magazine Playbook from their institutions.
‘We don’t co-parent with the government,’ another mother insisted, saying that they are happy that DeSantis is giving parents more say and insight into their children’s education.
Graphic books that DeSantis and other Florida parents want schools to remove are ones like Flamer, which is a book that depicts through illustration and description young boys at a summer camp engaged in sex acts.
Another, This Book Is Gay, is a book that contains instructions on ‘the ins and outs of gay sex,’ and teaches two boys how to engage in anal sex.
Let’s Talk About It is a book found at Florida schools containing very detailed images and specific instructions on how males and females masturbate.
Among the books DeSantis wants removed from classrooms is Flamer, which depicts through illustration and description young boys at a summer camp engaged in sex acts
DeSantis’ roughly six-minute video shows pages from some of the books, some of which included graphic illustrations like the one above that describes how to use a butt plug
Another titled Let’s Talk About It contains detailed images and instructions on how males and females masturbate
DeSantis said the only reason he sees for pushback on the removal of books with this type of inappropriate content is if an educator is trying to advance their own agenda rather than put the education of the student first.
‘Every minute you spend focusing on some of this pornographic stuff, that’s less time you’re spending on doing the things that really matter to our kids in terms of them getting the education they need in math and reading and all of these other things,’ Desantis said.
‘The only way you make that decision, in my judgment, is if you’re putting your own agenda ahead of the wellbeing of the students,’ he continued.
‘And that’s what we see too often.’
DeSantis said that Broward County, which falls within the Miami metropolitan area, is the worst offender when it comes to removing books that he says should not be available to minors at their educational institutions.
The removal of books from schools not only focuses on pornographic content, but also on content that DeSantis claims teach children that certain people are inherently racist because of the color of their skin.
The Stop Woke Act, signed into law last year, stops the teaching of Critical Race Theory and prevents instruction on race relations or diversity that imply a person’s oppression or privilege is determined by their race, color, natural origin or sex.
The legislation includes removing any books or materials that might push this narrative.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signs controversial ‘Parental Rights in Education’ legislation, dubbed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill by opponents. The bill bans classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity from kindergarten through third grade.
Reaction from Florida Democrat to DeSantis signing the so-called’Don’t Say Gay’ bill into law, which bans classroom discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity with kids kindergarten through 3rd grade
Democrats have pounced on this law, claiming it will ban books from schools teaching about black figures like Hank Aaron or baseball star Roberto Clemente.
DeSantis also slammed this as a ‘hoax’ during Wednesday’s press conference in downtown Tampa.
‘What the Stop Woke Act says, you know, we’re not going to teach our kids that they are inherently racist on the basis of their race, or color, natural origin. Anyone think that babies are born racist? I don’t think so,’ DeSantis said.
‘The other thing we say is in the law, that we are not going to reach that any one race is inherently superior to another race,’ he added. ‘Is that something that we want to be teaching our kids? I don’t think so.’