School Librarian Sues Anti-LGBTQ Activists For Defamation

A middle school librarian in Louisiana filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday after two men and a conservative organization falsely labeled her a pedophile who wants to teach 11-year-olds about anal sex.
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A middle school librarian in Louisiana filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday after two men and a conservative organization falsely labeled her a pedophile who wants to teach 11-year-olds about gay sex.

From NBC News:

Amanda Jones, a librarian at a middle school in Denham Springs, Louisiana, filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday, arguing that Facebook pages run by Michael Lunsford and Ryan Thames falsely labeled her a pedophile who wants to teach 11-year-olds about anal sex.

Jones, the president of the Louisiana Association of School Librarians, was alarmed and outraged by the verbal attacks, which came after she spoke against censorship at a Livingston Parish Library Board of Control meeting. She said she’s suing the two men because she’s exhausted with the insults hurled at educators and librarians over LGBTQ materials.

“I’ve had enough for everybody,” Jones said in an interview. “Nobody stands up to these people. They just say what they want and there are no repercussions and they ruin people’s reputations and there’s no consequences.”

It’s worth noting that Jones was the  2021 Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators Middle School Teacher of the Year and the 2021 School Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year. She’s said over 200 librarians across the country have reached out to her as the insults on Facebook spread.

A GoFundMe campaign launched to help fund Jones’ legal action garnered over $20,000 from over 600 individual donors.

Over the past year, school and public libraries (and their librarians) have been lambasted for having LGBTQ-themed books on their shelves. Conservative activists have gone on the attack calling librarians “groomers,” comparing them to pedophiles.

Many public reading events have been crashed by far-right groups like the Proud Boys.

Read more at NBC News.