“The librarian asked if I wanted more. And if I wanted a graphic novel version.”
“For approximately 250 years, everybody in America agreed that sexualizing children is the worst crime you can commit. Child molesters got hurt, even in prison. Even criminals don’t like child porn — just can’t sexualize kids,” expressed Tucker Carlson Friday night.
“Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, maybe it’s a reaction against Trump, who knows? Historians will figure it out. Sexualizing children became a mandate on the left. ‘You have to sexualize children! It’s the law, and taxpayers have to pay for it!’ This is true across the West, particularly here in the US, but also in Canada. And a lot of it, for some reason, is occurring in school libraries. Knox Zajac is an 11-year-old who lives in the state of Maine. He’s in the sixth grade. He just spoke up at a school board meeting to read aloud from the book Nick and Charlie — checked it out of his school’s library.”
Here’s the transcript of Knox’s appearance in front of the board of the Windham Raymond School District RSU14:
“Hi, my name is Knox Zajac. I’m 11 years old, and I go to Windham Middle School — I’m a sixth grader. I was in the library, and this book [Nick and Charlie] was on a stand. I’d like to read you a page.”
Knox begins reading:
“My back over my hips. I asked if he should take his clothes off. He was saying yes before I finished my sentence. He’s pulling off my T-shirt, laughing when I can’t undo his shirt buttons. He’s undoing my belt. I’m reaching into his bedside drawer for a condom.
“We’re kissing. Again, we’re rolling over. Obviously, you can see where this is going. I don’t know if it’s because we’re feeling especially emotional or just tired. Or if these past couple of weeks have been too much. But this reminds me so much of the first time we had sex; we were both f*cking terrified.
“And the whole thing was kind of terrible because we didn’t know what we were doing. But it was good, too — so good. Because we were a mess of emotions. And we were scared and excited, and everything felt new. So this sort of feels like that. Nick touches me like he’s scared that any minute —”
Knox stops reading and speaks directly to the school board.
Now this book was at my middle school, and it was on a stand. When I rented it out to show my Dad, the librarian asked if I wanted more. And if I wanted a graphic novel version.”
Knox’s father, Adam Zajac, subsequently appeared in front of the podium.
“Hoo, boy,” he stated with a long exhale. “So I’m that kid’s father. So that’s my son, okay? [He’s] 11 years old, and [he] went to his library and found that [book] by the entry door of our library!” Mr. Zajac exclaimed.
“This is the smut that he is finding. All right? I don’t care whether it’s gay, straight, bisexual — whatever the terms are for all this stuff — [it] doesn’t need to be at our school. It doesn’t need to be at my 11-year-old’s library.”
Mr. Zajac then addresses another book, Gender Queer.
“As far as Gender Queer, I’ve got a son in the high school as well. And this is bullsh*t. We know it — all right? We do not need to be having literature that’s showing boys how to suck d*ck. All right? I’m very, very frustrated about it, okay? And you may think that schools know the best for our children, [but] you know who knows the best for our children? The parents.”
Mr. Zajac and his son’s appearance in front of the school board spread like wildfire across social media.
In one of the many clips shared on social media, the video received 1.6 million views on Twitter.
The comments were overwhelmingly positive.
One Twitter user said, “That is horrific.” Angry face. “Having those words literally come from ‘the mouths of babies’ shows just how inappropriate it is. Good for that Dad and his son for presenting it to that school board.”
Another Twitter profile stated, “Finally! More fathers need to step up like this.”
The viral video caught the attention of Tucker Carlson Tonight — impelling the news show to invite Knox and his father on the program Friday night.
“Knox [and] Adam, thank you so much for coming on. Let me just commend you on your bravery. Knox, What did you think when the librarian asked you if you wanted to see the picture version of that book?” asked Tucker Carlson.
“The only thing that went through my head was [that] I was so uncomfortable. And I was so angry. I didn’t believe it was actually happening,” replied Knox.
“Yeah, little kids know when something’s creepy — like you can feel it immediately,” responded Tucker.
“Adam, parents know, too, but so many of them are intimidated from saying anything because it’s unfashionable. You don’t want to be the uncool parent. Why did you decide to bring this to public attention?” Mr. Carlson asked.
“It was something that had to be done,” replied Mr. Adam Zajac. I heard about another book [Gender Queer] that was in the [local] high school. And I asked my [high school] son to get a hold of it. I didn’t even think anything of my middle school son. And when I got the one [book] that was in the high school, it was disturbing, to say the least, what I found in there. And it’s just really, really, really disappointing to find out how our education system is failing our kids,” he lamented.
But, in a bit of good news, the response to Knox and Mr. Zajac’s brave appearance in front of the school board was widely applauded by the local community.
Most parents were unaware such content existed in the local school system, Mr. Zajac revealed, after Tucker Carlson asked, “How do your neighbors and the other parents in your town respond when you raised a fuss over this?”
“You know what? First, a lot of people just didn’t have an idea that it was going on in our communities,” he reported. “But now that they’ve actually seen it, and seeing an 11-year-old speak about that at the school board meeting has really set the stage and placed this right in the laps of all the parents across the country now. It’s really amazing the support that we’ve gotten through the community and now, honestly, across the country,” he expressed.
“I get messages privately, still, hundreds of them a day,” disclosed Mr. Zajac, “just saying ‘Thank you for speaking up.’ They’re worried about the cancel culture. They’re getting canceled, or they’re getting disciplined by their bosses, or they’re losing businesses as owners. And that’s not worth it [to them]. They’re terrified to speak up.”
“Yep, they certainly are,” replied Tucker. “But you two aren’t,” he commended. “We appreciate your bravery. Knox, for 11, you’re just amazingly self-contained — so impressive. Thank you both.”
The issue raised here, for many parents, has nothing to do with LGBTQ content.
But rather, it involves a concern about age-inappropriate sexualization of children and graphic sexual content in settings that should be academic. Graphic sexual material is inappropriate for children (and unlawful to show children outside of a school library).
Another book, Sold, about child sex trafficking, has equally inappropriate content:
“If I bring a half dozen men to my room each night, and each man pays Mumtaz 30 rupees, I am 180 rupees closer each day to going back home. If I work for a hundred days more, I should have nearly enough to pay back the 20,000 rupees I owe to Mumtaz.”
Many parents and older adults in the LGBTQ community, such as the group Gays Against Groomers, share these concerns:
“Gays Against Groomers directly opposes the sexualization and indoctrination of children. This includes drag queen story hours, drag shows involving children, the transitioning and medicalization of minors, and gender theory being taught in the classroom.”