Anal sex became the surprise agenda item at a school board meeting in Texas after a mother chastised educators for stocking a sexually explicit book in school libraries.
Wednesday’s dreary Lake Travis Independent School District board meeting about its finances and coronavirus response took a shock turn when incensed local mother Kara Bell took to the lectern to read a racy extract from a book found on middle school shelves.
Bell was aggrieved that a passage from the 2015 young adult novel “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Pérez depicted “cornholing,” which she later found out was a euphemism for anal sex.
“Not going to lie, I had to Google ‘cornhole’ because I have the game in my backyard,” Bell said.
“But according to Wikipedia, ‘cornhole’ is a sexual slang vulgarism for anus.
“In verb form to ‘cornhole’, which came into usage in the 1930s, means to have anal sex.
“I do not want my children to learn about anal sex in middle school.”
The mother’s microphone was switched off, but it didn’t stop her making an impassioned plea for the books to be removed from the libraries of Hudson Bend Middle School and Bee Cave Middle School.
“I’ve never had anal sex. I don’t want to have anal sex. I don’t want my kids having anal sex,” she said.
“I want you to start focusing on education and not public health.”
The book is described as a fictional reimagining of the 1937 New London school explosion that killed more than 295 people “as a backdrop for a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people.”
Austin new outlet KXAN reported the Lake Travis Independent School District pulled the book from its school libraries after the mother’s complaint.
“A district possesses significant discretion to determine the content of its school libraries,” a spokesperson told KXAN.
“A district must, however, exercise its discretion in a manner consistent with the First Amendment.”