Last Updated on April 28, 2023
Mayor Trent Staggs of Riverton, Utah is fighting to protect the children of his local school district against inappropriate and pornographic materials found in their libraries. The mayor called out the school board for their refusal to take necessary actions to remove the explicit content, which he feels is a clear legal violation.
In a statement made while addressing the Riverton school board recently, Mayor Staggs expressed the disappointment of many local families that have been contacting his office with concerns over pornography being distributed in their children’s schools.
Mayor Staggs stated, “This filth must be removed from our schools…There are over 100 volumes…which clearly violate the law.”
Mayor Staggs further stressed the importance of protecting the health and safety of all residents, saying, “As Mayor, it is my top priority to protect their health and safety.”
Mayor Staggs claims that he had received many emails and phone calls from parents who felt they were not being heard by the Riverton school board. “We have seen an entire year pass. I don’t want to see another school year pass with these books still available for the kids.”
Mayor Staggs urged the school board to act decisively. “The time for talking is over,” says Staggs explaining that the district-wide policies to remove inappropriate materials must gets taken seriously. If a book is found unsuitable at one school, then it should be removed from all the schools in the district immediately according to Mayor Staggs.
Mayor Staggs went on to compare the COVID-19 plandemic to the current situation in schools, reminding the board about the steps taken to protect children. This included the mandatory wearing of masks and social distancing of six feet or more.
Mayor Staggs said that the situation in which explicit materials are being used in schools is “a legitimate public health emergency” and called on the school board to act with the same urgency as they applied to the COVID pandemic.
Mayor Staggs offered his support to the city in tackling this problem, saying, “We are a city that is willing, ready, and able to help with this issue. We have worked together before to address the health and safety of our students, and we are ready to do it again.”
Residents and educators from the Riverton area have been arguing about this situation. Some people believe that explicit materials are a violation of the rights of students and parents. Those who oppose Mayor Staggs think that it’s important to expose children in school to ‘different forms of literature’ to encourage ‘critical thinking’ and ‘open discussions.’ They seem to not mind the graphic nature of these books or the idea of exposing young children to these pornographic materials.
Mayor Staggs maintains that the sexual material is not appropriate for any young students, and should be immediately removed.
The mayor calls on the school board and parents to act quickly to correct the dangerous problem the availability of this material provided by children’s schools will cause in the long term. It remains to be seen what the school board’s response will be to the Mayor’s call to action.
The situation has, however, brought to the fore the issues of mislabeling age restrictions as censorship, and the role that schools play in shaping the minds of young people.
This calls into question the motive behind those adults who want to have pornographic material available in schools for children of all ages. Why aren’t people willing to age-restrict inappropriate materials and why do they want this material available?
While this is happening, Mayor Staggs will continue to work with parents and educators who are concerned to find a solution that prioritizes the safety and well-being of children in his locality.
Mayor Staggs has a long history of standing his ground to improve the lives of everyone in Riverton, Uhtah including standing up against tyrannical business restrictions and mask mandates.
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