March 8, 2022

(Frisco, TX) – Last Wednesday, State Representative Jared Patterson and 26 other Republican members of the Texas House, sent a letter to every Texas public school superintendent asking them to pledge not to knowingly partner with, purchase from, or associate with vendors who have supplied child pornography to public schools.

This endeavor began when the sexually explicit book Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, which graphically illustrates child pornography, was discovered in several public school libraries in North Texas.

In the first few days, 18 school districts pledged their support. Specifically, Abbott ISD, AW Brown Leadership Academy, Bloomington ISD, Cayuga ISD, Coupland ISD, ECI Academy, Excellence in Leadership Academy, Goliad ISD, Ki Charter Academy, Klondike ISD, LaPoynor ISD, Lockney ISD, Memphis ISD, Seagraves ISD, Slocum ISD, Spring Creek ISD, Southwest Preparatory School, and Waelder ISD.

Rep. Patterson is grateful for the quick response from the districts that have already signed the pledge and looks forward to garnering further support in the coming weeks. “This issue cannot be ignored nor can it be tackled by just one person, which is why I am grateful for the support of my colleagues and the school districts who have already signed on,” stated Rep. Patterson. “Texas schools are an economic powerhouse in this country. If we are truly going to eradicate sexually explicit books from our public schools, it is critical we stand united against vendors intent on pushing sexually explicit, far-left ideology on Texas school children. Such trash has no place in Texas public schools.”

Jared Patterson represents House District 106, which encompasses the eastern portion of Denton County. During his legislative tenure, Patterson has authored and passed initiatives in policy areas such as transportation, public education, elections, and property taxes. During the 87th Legislative Session, he played a critical role in the passage of legacy reforms such as the Heartbeat Bill and Constitutional Carry. He has also worked diligently to support first responders, eliminate unnecessary and burdensome government regulations, and protect pets. Patterson serves on the House Committees on Business & Industry, Calendars, and Homeland Security & Public Safety. He also serves on the Texas Cybersecurity Council. His family resides in Frisco.