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Thursday, January 12, 2023

Media specialists are being threatened with third-degree felonies if they don’t comply.

Years ago, DCPS gutted its media specialists, and we are operating with about a quarter of what we should have. Imagine that district with a serious reading problem said libraries and the people that work there can go pound sand, but that’s Duval. Fast forward to the Don’t Say Gay bill, and a problem already untenable has been made much worse. Now, these overworked and underappreciated few are facing third-degree felony charges if they don’t comply with a ridiculous law made to appease bigots and gin up a willfully ignorant base.   


Local librarians say that instead of clarifying new laws as intended, the training creates a climate of fear. Some slides tell school librarians that pornography found in their collections could lead to a third-degree felony. 

“I see that some librarians self-censor because they’re afraid of getting in trouble, and that should not be a consideration as far as choosing books for our students,” Rodriguez said. 

Please click the link; the story is both brief and terrifying. 

Fear and intimidation that’s all the state has. If you don’t do what we want, we’ll take away funding. If you don’t do what we want, you can lose your certificate, job, and retirement. If you don’t follow whatever half-baked illogical plan whose only purpose is to gin up our willingly fact-free base, then we’re going to @#%$ you.  

A third-degree felony if some Mom for Spritzer doesn’t like a book about two gay penguins raising a chick or a play about censorship that has queer characters.  

DeSantis says we are living in the free state of Florida, a Fascist state where you are free to do and think only what he allows you is much closer to the truth.   

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