Tuttle Twin Books Are Not Allowed In Irvington High School Library

Tuttle Twin Books Are Not Allowed In Irvington High School Library

BY: Miranda Stovall

In mid-April of 2024 the Freedom In Education (FIE) Ambassador for the SF Bay Area offered to donate Tuttle Twin books to the Irvington (Fremont) High School library. This offer was made to the school principal, who acknowledged the offer and stated the need for the books to go through the approval process. A week later, FIE sent the pictures of the book bundle to the principal, who acknowledged its receipt.   

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A source in the school noted in early May that the FUSD (Fremont Union School District) Superintendent stated that the Tuttle Twin books are not in the FUSD Approved Book List. This is puzzling, given that we found through the Destiny Discover Library collection that the Irvington High School library has books with sexually explicit graphics and profanity, as follows: 

    • All Boys Aren’t Blue, by George M. Johnson: The main character is a gay black man who respects his father, who was a police officer, but feels he must fight against the police institution that he believes has harmed the community. The book includes a graphic reminiscence of the man having sexual intercourse with an older man when he was a boy on pages 269-272.  
    • Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin discusses the gender transitioning process, and contains explicit sexual activities, including pedophilia, alternate sexualities, profanity, derogatory language, suicide commentary, explicit hatred in the text, and alcohol use by minors.
    • This book is Gay by Juno Dawson contains excerpts and illustrations depicting explicit nudity and sexual activities. 

After we mentioned our concerns to the school board, access to the Destiny Discover Library collection at Irvington High School Library was blocked, with required login access. This is wrong and may well be against the law. The list of books in the public school libraries are public information because they are using our tax dollars to acquire and maintain the books. We alert the public to this issue and ask that you discuss it with the school.

 

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