Assigning Obscene and Harmful Material
Dubuque Community School employees will make every effort to accomplish curriculum goals without exposing kids to obscene and harmful materials.
A. CIPA definitions of terms:
1. MINOR. The term “minor” means any individual who has not attained the age of 17 years.
2. OBSCENE, as that term is defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code;
3. CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, as that term is defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States
4. Code; or
5. Harmful to minors.
6. HARMFUL TO MINORS. The term ``harmful to minors'' means depictions that:
7. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
8. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and
9. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
10. SEXUAL ACT; SEXUAL CONTACT. The terms ``sexual act'' and ``sexual contact'' have the meanings given such terms in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code.
In instances where teachers feel the literary value of the text overrides the concerns about its inclusion of obscene, pornographic, and/or harmful material, they will notify parents of the specific nature of obscene, pornographic, and /or harmful material, the justification for use in the classroom, and require an adult signature similar to those currently required for viewing an R-rated movie in school.
I agree with this policy and ask the Dubuque Community School board implement it in our schools.