Maine Father Sues School Board for Silencing Criticism of Sexually Explicit Library Books

A father in Maine has brought legal action against his local school board after it banned him from school property for complaining about sexually explicit and inappropriate transgender material in district libraries.

After Shawn McBreairty complained at a school board meeting in April that district library books were “grooming students on premature sexual ideology,” he was served with a criminal trespass notice from the school district.

The school board demanded at the meeting that McBreairty leave because he played a recording of a conversation between him and school board chair Heath Miller. The board claimed that McBreairty’s descriptions of the library books contained “vulgarity and obscenity.”

McBreairty countered that government school libraries should not contain books that the school board considers too inappropriate for adults to discuss.

The father of two daughters told reporters that he is not anti-LGBTQ or “anti-anything” but said when tax dollars are used to “indoctrinate kids with hypersexual materials, that’s nonsense.”

McBreairty specifically objected to a program sponsored by the district called the Reads Three Reading Challenge. That program rewards K-12 students for reading selected books.

Titles included are “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” which contains “sexually graphic material, including descriptions of queer sex.” Another book titled “Hurricane Child” depicts a 12-year-old girl in a romantic relationship with another girl.

District teacher Kelsey Stoyanova organized the reading program and claims “intellectual freedom” in support of the book selections. McBreairty counters that the argument is cover for a radical agenda implemented without parental permission.

McBreairty’s lawsuit alleges that the criminal trespass notice bans him from all school meetings, both in-person and virtual. He argues that the ban violates his rights protected under the First Amendment.

Attorney Marc Randazza represents the father in the case and told reporters that the school district must allow him to express his ideas and allow parents to decide on appropriate materials for themselves. He added that it is not freedom if a citizen is not permitted to advocate a position without being “locked out of public life.”

The lawsuit alleges that the school board attempted to stop McBreairty from describing the pornographic school materials because it was “out of context.” Even though the board used the playing of the recording as the basis of the criminal trespass notice, no policy prohibits playing recordings during meetings.

Randazza said the school board attempted to retroactively add limitations to meeting policies in an effort to stop McBreairty from offering public criticism of the library books.