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The Enduring Struggle to Protect Kids in Libraries

"While disseminating material harmful to minors is a misdemeanor in Idaho, a blanket exception protects any “bona fide school, college, university, museum or public library” and its employees from being charged. Currently, schools and libraries in our state can distribute obscene materials to minors without criminal or civil accountability, even when distributing these same materials could get anyone else locked up. Today, many children regularly stumble upon what amounts to pornography in these trusted and taxpayer-funded spaces. This tragedy has been painstakingly documented by a group of community members in Coeur d’Alene. I have personally witnessed the sexualized nature of numerous books provided and promoted in the children’s section of our public libraries, and as a father of five children, I am grieved."

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