Recently, our Cherry Creek School District has been rocked by the sexual assaults by teachers on children and the cover-up of these assaults.
Just a few days ago, the Killip Elementary School in Flagstaff Arizona has experienced the same community trauma; A teacher accused of molesting 2 elementary school children.
Now, there are similarities between these 2 cases and the 2 school districts:
- The obvious, they both have experienced the sexual assault of a teacher on a child.
- Both provide teachers and children access to the EBSCO databases rife with pornography.
- The schools helpfully provide children with the warning and disclaimer that they are leaving the schools web site and. therefore, the school bears no responsibility for anything that might happen.
If you are new to this issue, just do a search on “EBSCO porn” and you will see that the EBSCO research databases provided to children in our schools is full of pornography and ads for sex toys.
It certainly seems that the Killip Elementary School and the Flagstaff School District are aware of this, otherwise why is there a need for the disclaimer?
Disclaimer: Some of the links on this site will require that you leave our FUSD School website and the FUSD server. The Flagstaff Unified School District has no responsibility for the content beyond this point. The Internet is a dynamic volatile place where pages can change suddenly and rapidly. It is not unusual to find information or images that are objectionable. Proceed at your own risk, it is always best to review sites with your child.
First, the concept of a minor child waving any of their rights, or understanding the implications of this “disclaimer” is laughable. Clearly, the district hopes that this will protect them if things go wrong but this hope is delusional.
Obviously, since these links are provided by the school, and no doubt promoted by the school as a place to get homework or other help, children will access these resources from their homes, by-passing any school filters.
Second, EBSCO (and other database resources provided to schools) is a proprietary database, and cannot be filtered by the school’s or library’s filters; it is just not possible.
Third, these databases are not “the internet”. They are closed, subscription only resources which are separate from “the internet” and only EBSCO can filter them.
Finally, while many pages will change, some will come and others go, the existence of pornography within these EBSCO resources has always existed. The point is, it is not any one page, either its existence, or non-existence, that is the issue; it is that pornography is fully and readily available to children within these EBSCO databases.
To illustrate, here is a sampling of the material available in the NoveListPlus product, supplied by EBSCO. Remember, this is being made available to Elementary School children!
- From the Streets to the Sheets: Urban Erotic Quickies
- Nasty Boys: Rough Trade Erotica
- The Bad Seed
- The Love Slave
Why in God’s name would anyone ever think this was appropriate material for an elementary school aged child; or any minor child, for that matter?
Whether intended or not, the availability of pornography to children has the effect of desensitizing children, as well as adults, to themes and images of sexual assault, violent assault, sad-masochism, bondage, sexual humiliation and other deviant forms of sexual relations. There is no credible pediatric therapist, psychiatrist, or physician that would think this is OK. Apparently, the Flagstaff Unified School District and Michele Reagan (Secretary of State and responsible for the AZ State Library) think it is just fine.
Does Michele Reagan really want her name and face, or the Arizona State Library, associated to purveyors of pornography?
Is it any surprise, then, having created a sexualized and distorted atmosphere around the adult/child relationship, that adults act on impulses that, for most people, would be abhorrent? The schools, with their partners at EBSCO, have created this environment and are responsible for the results we are all seeing with increasing frequency.
It is time for the schools and the state to take a stand and protect our children from the assaults of EBSCO and the vendors of the pornography and sex toys that fill its databases.
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