TOMBALL — As school board elections across Texas have become battlegrounds for debates over explicit books in children’s libraries and district employees attending “woke” conferences on the taxpayers’ dime, local activist and school board candidate Jennifer Kratky addressed allegations from a school librarian that Kratky and other pro-parent school board candidates are “attacking” librarians.
After news surfaced last spring that the Texas Library Association’s annual conference promoted a drag queen story hour and a presentation by critical race theory proponent Ibram X. Kendi, Kratky asked Tomball ISD how many of their librarians attended the event and what the cost was to the district.
Kratky learned that Tomball ISD paid more than $3,000 for eight librarians to attend the conference.
She and fellow school board candidates Stephanie Lopez and Billy Moore objected to this use of taxpayer money and sent a letter to 2,000 Republican absentee voters in the district, informing them of “50 obscene books in our kids’ school libraries,” that “8 librarians attended a conference in April that featured Drag Queen speakers,” and that “the KEYNOTE speaker was Ibram X. Kendi, who is an anti-capitalist and supporter of CRT and de-funding the police.”
They also discussed their platform for lowering taxes and furthering transparency when conducting district business.
However, one of the librarians who attended the TLA conference objected to the letter, claiming it contained “false information.” She says none of the TISD librarians attended the drag queen story hour, although she does not mention whether they attended Kendi’s presentation.
According to Kratky, “This librarian… asserts that if us challengers become board members, we will ‘threaten’ her teaching certificate and pension. She is ‘gutted’ and ‘terrified.’”
However, Kratky says that “in comments, admits that ‘Lily and Dunkin’ was the only book she was specifically told to remove from her classroom (this title was on a list of obscene and transgender-ideology books found in Tomball schools and released by Tomball Family Values last week). But she obfuscates the sexually explicit books with innocuous titles like ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid.'”
“Lily and Dunkin” does not contain any explicit scenes but does affirm the gender mutilation of children, and fifth-graders in Tomball could access the book.
Kratky, Moore, and Lopez have all been endorsed by the Harris County Republican Party.
Election Day is November 8. Early voting begins October 24.
This article has been updated with new information.