D.J. Wright, a retired principal and Leon County Schools hearing officer, has recommended that the book “I Am Billie Jean King” remain in the Hawks Rise elementary school library.
Wright made the decision after hearing arguments from a parent who wanted the book removed and from a Leon County School (LCS) official who supported retaining the book.
In the complaint, the parent stated that “I object to the material that discusses being gay and what it means to be gay.”
The parent added in the complaint that “the material was at the library and classified as a book that is in my daughter’s reading level. She picks books that are her designated color to read and then take[s} a test on.”
The one page in the beginning of the 40 page book that raised concern, references Billie Jan Kings gay life style, explains what it means to be gay, and notes her transition from being in love with a man to falling in love with a woman. The page is shown below.
An LCS official defended retaining the book by arguing that removal would impact those parents and students who had no issue with the content.
Wright sided with the LCS argument.
The next step in the process will take place during the next regularly scheduled school board meeting on Tuesday, July 25th.