Missouri Librarians Face Jail Time Over Sexually Explicit Books

By Joseph Hennessy

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) — A new Missouri law applying to public and private schools makes it a crime for educators to give minors books containing sexually explicit material.

The Missouri Library Association argued that the law violates educational and intellectual freedom. They said the library is the first place where people can freely explore the world of ideas.

The MLA statement in support of the Missouri School Library Association said, “Working to criminalize librarianship and bullying libraries and school boards into harming their own institutions is a bad long-term strategy. , for it is a transparent effort to use moral panic as an opportunity to gain vulgar political ground.

The law comes down to everyone’s interpretation to decide whether the material they give to children is considered artistic or not.

Supporters of the law said it focuses on combating the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.

It’s a book ban, but it also prohibits showing movies, films, discs, or PowerPoint slides.

The issue will likely resurface in the January legislative session.

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