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Oklahoma teacher that was disciplined for allegedly directing students to books restricted by the state’s Critical Race Theory (CRT) ban, quits from the job

Wednesday, an Oklahoma educator resigned after being reprimanded over a poster in her classroom that directed pupils to literature banned by the state’s Critical Race Theory (CRT) prohibition.

Summer Boismier, who taught English to 10th graders at Norman High School just south of Oklahoma City, was informed that she must cover works that may be judged improper under the state prohibition. Others in the district were informed of the same.

Boismier, 34, complied and covered the volumes with butcher paper, but she added a label, writing “Books the State Doesn’t Want You to Read” in marker on the covering.

She inserted a QR code that leads to the “Books Unbanned” program of the Brooklyn Public Library, where pupils may access the books.

“Definitely don’t scan this!” she wrote underneath the QR code.

A representative for Norman Public Schools stated that a concerned parent alerted the district about Boismier and a “possible issue under Oklahoma HB 1775.”

“Like many educators, the teacher has concerns regarding censorship and book removal by the Oklahoma state legislature. However, as educators it is our goal to teach students to think critically, not to tell them what to think,” the district spokesperson said.

The “Literature Unbanned” project aims to link adolescents with books they may not have access to due to “political issues.”

“Across the country, teens are facing book bans, censorship and political challenges in their local school and public libraries,” the Brooklyn library says on its website.

Since then, Boismier has reiterated her actions, stating that she “would do it again.”

“I am a walking HB 1775 violation,” Boismier said. “And one of the sticking points between myself and my previous district was I would do it again in a heartbeat. No regrets. Would do it again. Will do it again.”

“It’s vitally important that our students feel empowered, see themselves, reflected and validated. For too long, public education did not include those stories,” she said.

When asked by KOKH-TV if she believed her prohibited books sign would trigger a CRT complaint, Boismier said, “it’s only a question of when.”

“I think every educator since the passage of HB 1775 has understood that it’s a matter of ‘if,’ not a matter of ‘when.’” Boismier said. “If we’re doing our jobs, it’s a matter of when.”

“I don’t have control over people’s feelings, so I’m not sure why I’m being penalized for that,” she said.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education enacted the regulation prohibiting CRT in Oklahoma schools in March.

“CRT has no place in K-12 education,” State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said at the time.

Oklahoma is not the first state to have approved a law to prevent politically charged material from being taught in K-12 classrooms.

Also in March, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed the Parental Rights in Education Bill, which restricts kindergarten through third-grade school instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity that is not age- or developmentally-appropriate. Critics called the measure “Don’t Say Gay” despite the absence of the term “gay” in its language.

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