Parents enraged over young kids being exposed to pornography in school to be blocked from Board of Ed meeting

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WAYNE, NJ – A far-left Board of Education in New Jersey already had parents fuming after allowing children to be exposed to pornography, but their latest move to block enraged parents from attending the BOE meeting is taking things to a whole new level.

“Wayne Education Restoration” shared a post early Thursday, alerting parents of their concern that the board was attempting to keep parents out of the meeting:

PARENTAL LOCK OUT; For tonight’s scheduled BOE Meeting, we were notified that the office conference room has 15 chairs set up. After that, very limited “standing room only”. Meeting is at 7:30PM. Parents will be arriving in the BOE parking lot (50 Nellis) by 6-6:30 PM. Please show your support if you can. Thank you.

Here’s the backstory. 

According to unofficial election results, three candidates who ran with an “Education First!” platform won hotly contested seats on Wayne’s Board of Education.

Candidates Michael Fattal, Harry Prassakos and Iveta Wentink appeared to win by a wide-spread margin, focusing on issues that concerned taxpayers, including those regarding curriculum and books in the K-12 public school system.

Across the nation, parents have been speaking out on a far-left agenda being pushed into the Country’s public school system of education. Wayne residents have recently discovered this agenda has infiltrated their own schools.

The subjects covered are hot-button matters for many parents and include a curriculum infused with critical race theory and hyper-sexualized material with controversial books.

One concerned parent, who wished to remain anonymous, told Law Enforcement Today about the issue of inappropriate books, including one that contains illustrated pornography, which are available at some of the district’s schools and public library’s “young adult” section.

According to the source, parents had recently presented to the Board of Education specific examples of what they said were inappropriate books that their children had access to. The parent ironically noted:

“As a mother read from the book, the Board President [Catherine Kazan] repeatedly interrupted her, telling her what she was saying was inappropriate, as there were children present.”

Board of Trustee, Dawn Kumar, subsequently spoke, informing parents that there were “copy write laws” which prohibited speakers from reading directly from books. According to the “Fair Use” Doctrine, this is untrue, and parents can freely rely upon authored material to validate their concerns at these meetings.

One of the controversial books included Brook Pessin-Whedbee’s “Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity.”  The other book being addressed was, “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe.

The graphic novel contains several explicit illustrations of oral sex between females using sex toys, as well as numerous photos and conversations covering additional sexual topics such as sexting, intercourse and masturbation.

This book was retrieved from one of the local high school libraries and the town’s public library.

Parents shared their outrage and concerns that these books are not only pornography, but meet the criminal codes for New Jersey 2c statutes, including Obscenities and Child Endangerment.

It seems their appeals were either dismissed or basically ignored.

Another individual who also requested anonymity shared an email that was allegedly sent to staff on Oct. 15 from Wayne Superintendent Dr. Mark Toback. The email read in part:

“As you have probably noticed, BOE meetings have been fairly contentious since March of 2020 and following a national pattern where everything and everyone is subject to harsh criticism at the actual BOE meeting, as well as, before and after the meeting on social media.”

“At our last meeting held at Wayne Hills, our library collections were under attack, specifically, books that were added as part of our multi-year efforts to create more inclusive communities.”

“Prior to the meeting, I asked that one order of books be pulled due to the fact that with at least one book, ‘Who are You: A Kids Guide to Gender Identity,’ was intended to be read first by parents and then with children and was not intended to be a stand-alone book available on library shelves.”

The email continued and noted the one book would be removed from shelves and relocated somewhere else less obvious within the schools.

The email also pointed out that the book’s removal was spurred not by parents, but by the “specific guidance the author provided”:

“After discussing the books with our Elementary Library Media Specialists last week and consideration of district policy, all of the books will be returned to our library shelves today, with the exception of Who are You, which will be maintained at the schools that have the book, but not on the shelves due to the specific guidance the author provided about how the book should be shared with children.”

“As you can imagine, during these difficult times there are a variety of decisions that must be made and in many cases, we are all confronted with the harsh reality — all options are bad options.

I also understand the act of temporarily pulling this order of books from our shelves for further review may have offended some members of our school community.

I apologize to all who may have been offended by this action, but there were legitimate reasons for this action.”

Superintendent Toback’s apology sent a clear message to every distressed parent within the Wayne community – that their concerns were not his priority.

As parents and taxpayers continued to become aware of various school-related controversies, they channeled their voice through the voting booth and ousted all the incumbents who were running, including two current trustees and one candidate, all of whom were supported by the teachers’ union.

The elected winners included Fattal, a Millburn police officer, who came in first place and received 7,036 votes. In second and third places, votes for Prassakos and Wentink were 5,561 and 5,488, respectively.

Trustee Matthew Giordano, who was seeking a second three-year term, finished in fourth place. Cynthia Simon, an adjunct college professor, trustee Stacey Scher, trustee Eileen Albanese and Chung Wallace, a preschool teacher, each received even fewer votes than Giordano.

Fattal and his fellow candidates were appreciative about their success in winning Board of Education seats. He told NorthJersey.Com:

“We just pushed through. People have faith in us. Emotionally, it really does mean a lot.”

Prassakos, a banking executive, credited the voters for getting educated on issues affecting their school district:

“They spoke. All of the taxpayers spoke. It looks like they did their research.”

Wentink, a corporate compliance manager, noted the role of parents in the election:

“Parents were concerned about where their children’s education was heading. They didn’t like the direction.”

The “Education First!” messaging was initially criticized by some opponents who tried to connect it to the 1776 Project, an organization that promotes historical education and patriotism in schools.

According to 1776 Project’s mission statement, the organization promotes the “education of the U.S. Constitution by means of a leading-edge interactive experience that brings to life the founders, their thoughts, passions, debates and personal stories resulting in a deep-learning experience to participants in a family-friendly environment.”

The candidates said they were not in contact with anyone representing 1776 Project, although they did acknowledge the group endorsed the three candidates on social media, according to NorthJersey.Com.

Some members of Wayne’s Board of Education appear to be shying away from a questioning public.

According to Law Enforcement Today’s source, at the last Board of Education meeting on Oct. 28, which was originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m., five of the nine board members did not show up.

As a result, the meeting could not be held due to a failure to meet a quorum, so it was cancelled before 8 p.m. The source also said:

“We were also met by several teachers and principals that were commissioned by the WEA [Wayne Education Association] to attend, causing distraction and talking over parents when they tried to bring order to the meeting. There were several officers and detectives that were also in attendance, as the President required a police escort to her car after the prior meeting.”

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The source also said that parents complained that the live feed had been cut prematurely for those who were unable to physically attend the Board of Education meeting and were unable to witness the events that were occurring.

The Patch confirmed the public portion of the Oct. 28 meeting was cancelled.

Some residents complained the sudden cancellation of the meeting seemed “planned” or “orchestrated,” according to a local report.

Video footage appeared to show a lot of people had attended the last Board of Education meeting that was intended to be held prior to the election.

Board President Catherine Kazan told the Patch via email that she had safety concerns, which prompted her decision not to attend the public portion of the meeting:

“Since the last meeting, I have been receiving and deliberating over competing legal opinions from the Township attorney and the Board attorney as to roles and responsibilities for safety and security at meetings, which have become quite contentious, menacing and unpredictable. I

believe it is my responsibility to ensure the safety of all participants at our public meetings. That includes our Trustees, Staff, and members of the community.”

Kazan told Patch she spoke for herself and not on behalf of the board, but Vice President Suzanne Pudup said she supported the board president’s statement.

Board Member Dawn Kumar told Patch she didn’t feel well that evening and didn’t attend the executive session.

The other two members who weren’t present — Sean Duffy and Donald Pavlak, Jr. — did not respond to Patch’s requests for comment.

According to the Board of Education policy, the Trustees are required to reschedule a new meeting within 7 days, but failed to do so.

Therefore, the next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 on Nov. 11, but is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Board of Education building’s conference room, which reportedly can only hold fewer people, with a capacity of up to 20-25 people.

Previously, meetings were held at the much larger municipal building, thus bringing up the question of whether the Board of Education is intentionally making it harder for taxpayers to attend and participate in the public portion of the meeting.

Either way, parents are committed to attending and being heard, even if it means holding their own public session out in the cold, dark parking lot.

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