Alaska school districts and libraries that disseminate sexualized content, pornographic books or controversial sex-education material to minors have been officially put on notice by Attorney General Treg Taylor.

Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor

In a series of letters sent to the education department, school districts and libraries, Taylor addressed rising concerns about violations of parental rights and the use of schools and libraries to push sexualized content on kids. 

Taylor’s letters, dated Nov. 16, aim to clarify state laws and remind school districts that they must follow them.

In particular, he emphasized that schools are required to notify parents before discussing sexual matters with children or offering instruction on sexual topics.

“In light of the questions and concerns that have come up, I thought it best to inform everyone of what the law says to avoid further confusion,” Taylor wrote. “Whether or not there has been a violation of the law will always be a fact-specific inquiry, so these letters do not cast any blame. The purpose is simply to provide information that can help school districts and libraries comply with the law.”

Taylor said his letters were in response to controversies that have arisen in the State Legislature, the media, school districts, municipalities, and the public at large.

“The letters issued today, in conjunction with the Attorney General Opinion, attempt to address these questions and concerns in a uniform way, putting everyone on notice as to what the law actually requires,” a notice regarding the letters states.


Taylor’s opinion notes that Alaska’s parental notification law makes it clear that school districts have a responsibility to notify parents before offering training or classes about sexuality, including gender identity.

In his letter to school districts, Taylor reminded educators that “all local school boards” must adopt and follow policies and procedures that provide parental notification “not less than two weeks before any activity, class, or program that includes content involving human reproduction or sexual matters is provided to a child.”

“It is the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development’s duty to make sure this statute is appropriately implemented by each school district and that these important parental notification requirements are in place,” Taylor said.

He then noted that he is aware that some school districts may be in violation of this legal requirement by failing to adopt an appropriate policy or by erroneously implementing the requirements of state law.

Furthermore, the parental notice requirement is not limited to sex-ed type classes, but to all courses which have “some ‘content’ regarding ‘human reproduction or sexual matters.’

“It appears that some school districts have wrongly interpreted ‘human reproduction or sexual matters’ to not include the concept of ‘gender identity,’” he wrote. “This interpretation both rejects case law, the common understanding of these terms, and the legislature’s intent of passing this statute. The legislature intended ‘human reproduction or sexual matters’ to be a broad concept which does encompass gender identity issues.”

The only exemptions to the law were for “sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention training,” Taylor clarified.

He added that the law does not allow educators to offer “more than succinct answer to a child’s question and certainly does not offer an end-around to the requirements of parental notification. The legislature explicitly intended this parental notification statute to apply to more than just a formal class, applying the statue broadly to any activity, class, or program.”

Furthermore, the parental notice requirement is not limited to sex-ed type classes, but to all courses which have “some ‘content’ regarding ‘human reproduction or sexual matters.’ This means that this requirement can be triggered in any class such as English, Social Studies, and Science, not just Health class,” Taylor clarified.

He reminded school districts that they are lawfully bound to “enshrine in official district policies” guaranteeing that parents have the right to “object to and withdraw the child from an activity, class, or program” and “to review the content of any activity, class, performance standard, or program.”

The purpose of this letter is to help inform public servants on what the law is so that no one is caught off guard.

Furthermore, Taylor emphasized that school districts can “not allow anyone to teach or conduct an activity, class, or program related to sex education, human reproduction education, or human sexuality education without approval of the specific instructor by the school board,” and that those instructors’ credentials must be made available to parents.

“Failure of school districts to comply is a violation of state statute,” Taylor warned. “Failure of school district employees to comply is a violation of state statute. As school districts navigate compliance with the law, please be mindful of the protections given to public employees who report a violation of state, federal or municipal law, regulation, or ordinance under Alaska’s Whistleblower Act or similar municipal ordinance.”

Taylor urged school districts to review their policies and procedures and to take “actions to make sure they are fully compliant with the law.”


As for libraries, Taylor noted that “over the past year, members of the public have raised significant concerns regarding books that may be viewed by, and made available to, minors in certain school or public libraries.”

“Specifically, these concerns have focused on books that have graphic depictions of sexual content that are available for viewing by children and teenagers,” he wrote.

Taylor warned that libraries should “be aware of the legal framework that prohibits certain actions regarding minors and indecent materials. The purpose of this letter is to help inform public servants on what the law is so that no one is caught off guard.”

He went on to review state, local and federal laws, as they pertain to libraries.

On the state level, there are three criminal statutes that are relevant: AS11.61.128 on the distribution of indecent materials to minors, AS 11.41.130, which addresses enticement of a minor, and AS 11.51.130 – contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In the first instance the perpetrator must be older than 18, and acting with the intention of distributing to a child under age 16 content that the person knew includes actual or simulated sexual penetration; lewd touching of a person’s genitals, anus, or female breast; masturbation; bestiality; the lewd exhibition of a person’s genitals, anus, or female breast; or sexual masochism or sadism.

Taylor said that he would need to review the facts of specific cases before proceeding with charges.

The content must also be deemed “harmful to minors,” which means the “average individual, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the material, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest in sex for persons under 16 years of age; (2) a reasonable person would find that the material, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, educational, political, or scientific value for persons under 16 years of age; and (3) the material depicts actual or simulated conduct in a way that is patently offensive to the prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable for persons under 16 years of age.”

Taylor noted that such violations are punishable as a class C felony crime.

Similarly, the “enticement of a minor” statute covers much of the same ground, but deals with instances when a defendant “knowingly communicated with another person to entice, solicit, or encourage the person to engage in any sexual activity.

Enticement of a minor is a class B felony offense and does not require proof that the other person engaged in the act. Mere enticement is enough to be found guilty.

“Please also note that for a defendant to be guilty of this offence, the enticement, solicitation, or encouragement to engage in the acts does not need to be with the defendant or in front of the defendant,” Taylor cautioned, “it is a violation of this offense if the defendant entices, solicits, or encourages a child under 16 to engage in these acts with anyone, including another child or themselves.”

With regard to “delinquency of a minor” (AS 11.51.130), Taylor noted that the law requires the state to prove that the defendant was 19 years of age or older, and knowingly aided, induced, caused, or encouraged a child under 18 years of age to do any act prohibited by state law.”

Taylor said that he would need to review the facts of specific cases before proceeding with charges.

In addition to state laws, Taylor said municipal ordinances also must be followed with regard to these behaviors.  He advised libraries to “do a review of any applicable municipal ordinances to ensure the material in your library complies with municipal code.”

Finally, Taylor reminded libraries that, while there are no federal laws that have education or library specific laws relevant to what materials a library may provide, school libraries are required, under state law, to provide all library records identifying a minor child to any parent or guardian who seeks that information.

“There are no exceptions to this statute,” Taylor wrote. “The purpose of this letter is to bring awareness and assist school districts and libraries in complying with the law. Of note is that there are no exceptions to any of the laws listed above for administrators, teachers or for librarians.”

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Alaska AG puts schools, libraries on notice regarding sexualization of minors

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.


  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Hopefully the clarification will help and school districts can review and modify their policies accordingly.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    I used to work in Palmer corrections and remember clearly talking to inmates who never complained about being incarcerated for the crimes they committed. What many did remark angrily about was that there was a class of people who were getting away with many criminal actions. Who I inquired? Politicians and government workers. That is out of the mouths of people who witness crimes committed first hand! I was an employee and knew the inmates were telling the truth as I had witnessed the crimes first hand myself! I didn’t stay silent. I blew the whistle and subsequently was followed up with a letter from the investigation indicating that I was telling the truth! I was subsequently persecuted for months and finally fired!
    Treg your letter is entirely disingenuous. You state that parents have contacted you with rising concerns that schools and libraries are sexualizing their kids! Then you go on to explain that “some schools may be in violation.”
    Followed by your statement “whether or not there has been a violation of the law will always be a fact specific inquiry.” You go on to say that you generated this letter because of “ controversies in state legislatures, media, schools, and the public at large.”
    Treg , a common and easily to attain view here would indicate , by your own words that you acknowledge information your being made aware of is terribly upsetting and wrong , that is happening to underage school children! You admit it in your own letter!
    What will it take for you as the chief executive law enforcement officer of the state of Alaska to do your job of prosecuting the crimes that are being done?
    It appears the inmates that I listened to were and are still correct!

    • Common Sense says:

      That’s a bit strange, as someone who sits on the parole board told me, the contents of some of these books is exactly what they see in criminal records of pedophiles and sexual predators. Some appear to be even written by them. Use logic!

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    This is a miracle and an answer to prayer. Education has been heading in a Marxist direction for decades. The Department of Education needs to be dissolved. Any government entity that violates “We the People” needs to be dissolved. Actually, God created man in His image and we are born equal in His eyes. Our children are valuable and precious to us.

    • Brother in Christ says:

      The Marxism that they are peddling is insane!!! I hear some classes are now taught fully in russian to really seed the communist agenda down those poor kids throats.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    when you come across objectionable material being provided to minors – file charges with your local law enforcement referencing the 3 statutes listed in this article.
    The perverts, deviants, pedophiles, genderbenders, miscreants, and vermin must be stopped.

  • Steve Johnson says:

    Let us know
    You want to do something

  • Shelia says:

    The letter is a masterpiece of diplomacy indicating that reckoning is coming. It is high time that this is being done for the protection of the kids. At the ages that most of them are being targeted, they are actually just empty vessels waiting to be filled. Education and libraries can either fill them with knowledge or fill them with the garbage that passes for educational activities that we are just now learning about in our schools. The decisions made now will impact the future of our civilization for better or for worse. Choose wisely.

  • PS says:

    Anyone who pushes this filth to children should be prosecuted for child sex crimes!

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    My challenge to the readers here is this: what is the actual role of the Attorney General? When and if you ever get down to the nuts and bolts of why they exist, you will finally realize that their primary purpose is to protect the state from lawsuits! The children that are subjected to the perversion that has saturated the school systems are not on the AG’s radar! No one will be prosecuted! Your being played!

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    This article will soon disappear and it has given you the opportunity to learn a critical lesson about government. The sooner you learn it, the sooner your own children won’t be subjected to bought and paid for pornography from your taxes! The lesson to be learned is this: the government, including your legislative representatives and your Attorney General, and yes even your governor are not going to keep anyone in check or accountable for actual crimes committed against your children! Your the only defense in this case between very real pedophiles and your own children! It’s going to take a hell of a lot more than a phone call to your representative to deal with the evil we have allowed to be entrenched against us!
    “If you have ears to hear then hear it, if not learn the hard way “!!!