Under the guise of “free access to information” the Anchorage School District has allowed its school librarians to order and display books for minors which depict or describe graphic scenes of sexual intercourse, masturbation and oral and anal sex.

The Watchman has reported on these books, and parents have increasingly raised objections at recent school board meetings. But the question goes beyond personal disagreements about whether these volumes are suitable for children. Municipal law also has something to say. City code (Chapter 8.50) addresses “offenses harmful to minors.”

According to city code, it is unlawful for any person to knowingly “disseminate, distribute, offer to distribute, or exhibit indecent material to a person who is less than 18 years old.

The law defines “Indecent material “ as a “picture, photograph, drawing, sculpture, motion picture film, or similar visual representation or image of a person or portion of the human body which depicts sexual excitement, sexual conduct, or sado-masochistic abuse which is harmful to minors.”

This would include “books, pamphlets, magazines or any printed matter, “however produced,” or any “explicit and detailed verbal description or narrative accounts of sexual excitement, sexual conduct, or sado-masochistic abuse, and which is harmful to minors; or an enactment of sexual conduct or sado-masochistic abuse, or exhibition of sexual excitement, by one or more persons.”

The definition of sexual conduct means “any sexual act, normal or perverted, or any act of masturbation, excretory functions, or lewd exhibition of the genitals.”

Sexual excitement means “the condition of the human male or female genitals when in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal.”

Anchorage law considers material harmful to minors if the representation of sexual material – when taken as a whole and according to contemporary community standards – appeals to prurient interests in sex and does not have “serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

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Is the Anchorage School District breaking the law by offering graphic sex books to kids

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    So, I say whoever authorized and those that purchased this books and materials needs to be fired for breaking the law. Now that being said I expect tomorrow if I go to the library all said materials will of been removed from the premises. If they have not I should be able to make a citizens arrest for breaking the law. Am I incorrect? Now Catholic Social services needs to be closed down because they administer drugs and take children to Planned Parenthood for MURDER (abortions) and Panned Parenenthood needs to be closed because I’m sure they have literature in their facility also. You knowingly broke the law now it’s time to pay the PIPER! Just think that might be most of Anchorage assembly loosing their jobs. Who’s going to miss them? It was time to reel them in. They’ve been getting way out there as of late anyway. Nobody liked the direction they were going. You can’t vote them out because of mail in fake ballots. So now they removed themselves. Great job. Typical. liberals can never see the whole picture, only the top left corner of it.

  • Molly says:

    Sounds like we should be filling up the jails and prisons with the pedo/grooming librarians, teachers, administrators, commie school board members that continue to push this sexually graphic narritive within our school system.
    Margo Bellamy, top of the food chain, and the rest of the commie/lefty school board should be resigning in complete disgrace.
    Parents! Get your kids out of these schools, its easier to home school than lose your kids to these pedofiles.

  • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

    Sex education by its very nature is going to be “graphic.” It’s all well and good to tell kids to simply abstain from sex, but that ignores the fact that roughly half of young people have engaged in some kind of sexual activity. Too many parents aren’t comfortable having “The Talk” with their kids and would rather have them learn the fundamentals by 7th or 8th grade. Either we teach kids about sex, STDs, pregnancy, condoms, and so forth …. or we just bury our heads in the sand and hope that Daddy’s Little Princess doesn’t get knocked up by the boy next door.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Chuck, I am so glad that I am not being forced to take on your beliefs because I know for a fact that my Heavenly Father would sentence me to eternal death if I held your beliefs.

      • Lucinda says:

        Why doesn’t your Heavenly Father intervene Friend? Why doesn’t he eliminate information that makes you squeamish but the rest of the country understands or enjoys?

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      Since when is my child’s “sex life” your business, or that of the school? Is suppose we should also have classes about smoking pot and drinking alcohol, since kids are just gonna…. Not my kid. I’m sorry there are bad parents out there, but that does not mean the schools should stand in for them. The kids are not property of the school or the government.

    • Lisa S. says:

      If you think the only way to teach kids about sex is to use porn, you’re not very widely read. And… you didn’t read the article very well. The muni code actually has a pretty good definition. Here’s the part you apparently didn’t read to the level of comprehension:
      “ Anchorage law considers material harmful to minors if the representation of sexual material – when taken as a whole and according to contemporary community standards – appeals to prurient interests in sex and does not have “serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”
      Seriously, it shouldn’t be that hard to understand that material that is too offensive to read out loud to adults is too offensive to be in elementary and middle school libraries.

    • Anon says:

      You sound like a groomer

      • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

        No, I don’t own any horses.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Anon, notice how Chuck is trying to use a different meaning to distract from the point of your comment. Lefty tactic.

  • AK Fish says:

    So when are the troopers and local police going to round up these law-breakers? Never. If it were your average citizen doing this, then justice would be swift, unforgiving and well publicized by the media. However, behind the shield of “education” this unforgiveable conduct by our school system will continue unimpeded by any law or statute stating it is illegal to do so without much major media outlets’ acknowledgement.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      I keep hearing doctors, podcasters, leaders asking, “Where is the outrage? Our People who are being affected are apathetic.” Makes me wonder if all that stuff the airplanes are spraying on us and the crap they are putting in the water is making people insensitive to everything going on. Even People who have not received the jabs are not getting out there and standing up against everything. People may be tired, but this is not the time to slow down. The evil is losing, but we need to keep pushing forward at 100% to ensure a solid win against the evil. Keep praying!

      • DaveMaxwell says:

        Foh I respect your honesty and commentary. What I believe is that people have been blinded by who knows what! Maybe it is Gods wrath? Response from people/churches needs to intensify! Seek diligently understanding, wisdom, and direction, then decisively obeying God and what He reveals as an answer! Overall the American mindset has been dulled, and desensitized, and may only be jarred out of its stupor by persecution! I hate to say it, but it seems to be true!

  • Mongo says:

    Parents need to file Police Reports!

    • Transwitch says:

      Anchorage already has a crime problem and you want APD to be focused on a witch hunt over a book that isn’t in ASD libraries.

      • Mongo says:

        You sound nervous about this; and you should.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Love the “witch hunt” terminology – twice I have read that in regard to this topic. This is not about finding witches. This is about protecting our children’s innocence and their chance of enjoying being children instead being groomed to be obedient little sex slaves. No witch hunts; but, we are going to shut down the pedos and sickophants. The whole nation is going to shut down the pedos and sickophants.

  • Andy says:

    The recent books they provide has been beyond education, it is pornography, anyone providing this garbage to children is a sexual deviant, a pedophile, this is done under the guise of “education”.

  • Diana says:

    Regardless of how the attempt is made to minimize the hurting of children, the stats are in. It does. And it should answer to the full extent of the law.

  • Diana H. Graf says:

    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was on the job.

  • Matthew says:

    I Aeolus like to know why the Governor refuses to address the matter. Our attorney general needs to step up to the plate and utilize existing Alaska State Statute to minimize such behaviour. What’s the point of a conservative administration if they refuse to stand up for statutes that prohibit as much. Anyone can come up with bills that encourage normalcy that ultimately die in committee. A real man does what needs to be done when given the opportunity.