Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath Wednesday to open an investigation into possible criminality involving the availability of pornography in the state’s public schools.
The governor said in a letter to Morath that “the presence of pornography in schools is not only inappropriate, but it is also against the law.”
Pornography in schools has received substantial attention in recent weeks. A Virginia mother who exposed the presence of two pornographic books to the Fairfax County School Board in September was barred from entering her son’s school library last week, weeks after the meeting she spoke out.
One of the books, the graphic novel Gender Queerby Maia Kobabe, was also present in school libraries in Texas and helped prompt Abbot’s actions. The book contains graphic drawings depicting oral sex. Kobabe defended the book in a Washington Post op-ed last month , saying that claims the book contains pornography are a “common accusation against work with themes of queer sexuality.”