Ron DeSantis releases a disturbing video containing sexually explicit content in children’s books that some Florida schools allow.
- Florida governor warned against ‘explicit content’ ahead of press conference
- Video showed minors engaging in sexual activity in children’s books
- Even Twitter called the live stream ‘sensitive content’
Ron DeSantis released a shocking video early in his press conference on Wednesday that contained sexually explicit content illustrated and detailed in children’s books at various Florida schools.
Florida’s governor told his staff to warn the crowd before it aired that the video would show ‘material of a sexually explicit nature and not suitable for children’ – and all minors were removed from the room during the approximately six-minute video.
The books’ illustrations included minors engaged in sexual activity and instructions on how to masturbate, engage in sex acts, or download apps that facilitate “casual intercourse”.
The children’s content was so graphic and explicit that local news stations’ live broadcast of DeSantis’ press conference was cut on social media. It also got a “sensitive content warning” on Twitter.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis released a shocking video early in his press conference containing sexually explicit content illustrated and detailed in children’s books found in various Florida schools.
Parents, many of whom spoke at the press conference in Tampa, Florida, were horrified that these books were being given to their children by teachers and educators.
DeSantis, who continued to edge closer to the announcement of a presidential race, railed against the presence of graphics materials in schools and denounced the “hoax” that removing such books from the classroom is a form of a “book ban”.
“I just think parents, when they send their kids to school, they shouldn’t have to worry about this garbage coming into the schools,” the GOP governor said.
He compared the content of the books to pornography.
A member of the group Moms for Liberty said that calling the removal of these images and graphic 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,” insisted another mother, saying she was glad DeSantis was giving parents more voice and insight into raising their children.
The graphic books DeSantis and other Florida parents want schools to scrap are ones like Flamer, which is a book that depicts through illustration and description young boys at 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 in Florida schools with very detailed pictures and specific instructions on how men and women masturbate.
The removal of books from schools not only focuses on pornographic content, but also content that DeSantis says teaches children that some 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 teaching about race relations or diversity that implies that a person’s oppression or privilege is determined by race, color, natural origin or sex.
The legislation includes the removal of any books or documents that might push this narrative.
Democrats rushed the law, saying it would ban books from schools teaching black figures like Hank Aaron or baseball star Roberto Clemente.
DeSantis also called it a “hoax” at 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’re inherently racist based on their race, color or natural background. Anyone think babies are born racist? I don’t think so,” DeSantis said.
“The other thing we’re saying is in law, that we’re not going to get one race to be inherently superior to another race,” he added. “Is this something we want to teach our children? I do not think so.’