Conejo School Board member Mike Dunn comments on BookGate

By Mike Dunn
Editor’s note:  Several Conjeo Valley Unified School District board members are opposed to having books with pornographic content provided to students without parental permission. We asked board member Mike Dunn, who has been attacked for this, to comment on it for publication.  His brief response:
What kind of people want to force children to read books with pornography in them?  I support parent permission slips.  Parent permission slips allow parents to protect their children without the need to remove books from the recommended or required reading lists.
Controversial books should require the same parent permission that R rated movies require.

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Timothy Bond

Editor’s note: Mr. Bond is quoting the book. We have edited some “expletives”:

“Did you know that Indians are living proof that niggers f–buffalo?”

“Most guys, no matter what age, get excited about curves and circles, but not me. Don’t get me wrong. I like girls and their curves. And I really like women and their curvier curves.
I spend hours in the bathroom with a magazine that has one thousand pictures of naked movie stars:
Naked woman + right hand = happy happy joy joy
Yep, that’s right, I admit that I masturbate.
I’m proud of it.
I’m good at it.
I’m ambidextrous.”

Did Monique McKenna even read the book?
If there were a Professional Masturbators League, I’d get drafted number one and make millions of dollars.”

Monique McKenna


In what instance have K-12 educators tried to show ‘pornography?’ Do you consider ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ pornography? If you do, I’m afraid you not only gravely misunderstand the meaning of that word, but another one as well: education. Teachers assign **widely** accepted age-appropriate material that stimulates imagination, thought, critical thinking, and probably most important: an understanding of themselves, the complicated world around them.

I use ‘Catcher in the Rye’ as an example because I know it’s been controversial in the past for some. The greater question isn’t why your kid shouldn’t read it, but why **you** feel uncomfortable having you and your child explore those themes, (depression, anger, insecurity) emotions prevalent amongst youth.

Educators are trained to develop children’s minds. This is their job, and what they’ve chosen to (almost thanklessly) dedicate their lives to, for awful pay and – by evidenced by this thread – little respect. Trust them to select the material that will best educate our kids. They know what they’re doing.

Dear Ms. McKenna… I have answered your remarks with an editorial: George Orwell’s Animal Farm, CVUSD’s BookGate, Our Children, and YOU!
Parental Rights versus Educator-Experts, SA (Self-Appointed).

You’re welcome!

Deborah Baber Savalla

Don’t sit this one out… please get involved!

Mike Dunn is 1,000% correct!! He’s been vilified for his position. His detractors have resorted to name-calling and out-right lying about what Mr. Dunn’s objective is.

I question the judgement of anyone, parent, student, taxpayer, who would disagree with his statement.

William Hicks

I can’t help but to agree with Mike Dunn and Ronald Lyons. It seems that choice is only paramount when it comes to anything but what’s in the public education system. Too often the elect few will decide what your children are exposed to instead of the Parents of our children.

Where did I get this profound information?……..From my 43 years of experience in my career with The Los Angeles Unified School District.

Ronald L. Lyons

Thank goodness we have Mike Dunn and John Anderson on the Conejo Valley School Board as defenders of parental choice in student reading material. They are like knights in the shining armor of truth and dignity in education.