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A school board member in Fairfax County, Virginia, chose to be sworn into office on a stack of what was described as LGBT-themed books, including what appeared to be a controversial book that includes graphic content featuring children.
"Last night in Virginia, Fairfax County School Board member [Karl Frisch] was sworn in on a stack 'LGBTQ themed' books, including one that depicts naked teenage boys," wrote Nicki Neily, founder of Parents Defending Education.
Frisch, who lists his pronouns as "he/him," is the vice chair and Providence District representative on the Fairfax County School Board, according to his X profile.
On his campaign website, Frisch lists his priorities as "Keeping Schools Safe and Inclusive," along with addressing the needs of "English language learners" and other "often marginalized groups."
\ud83d\udea8Last night in Virginia, Fairfax County School Board member @KarlFrisch was sworn in on a stack \u201cLGBTQ themed\u201d books, including one that depicts naked teenage boys.\n\nDon't forget that the \u201cbook ban\u201d narrative is part of a dishonest political campaign aimed at attacking parents.\u2026— (@)
One of the books visible during Frisch's swearing-in ceremony was titled "Flamer." This appeared to be the controversial graphic novel that was recently banned from a Georgia school board's libraries due to graphic, sexual imagery.
One portion of the graphic novel shows children instructing other children to masturbate into a bottle. Another portion of the book mentions a child watching his father's pornography while a different scene depicts a child seeing an adult shower.
In fact, Tahoma Parents lists multiple images from the book that depict teenage boys showering, talking about "boners," and a boy on his knees in front of a naked, adult male.
The book's summary on Amazon described "award-winning author and artist Mike Curato," who "draws on his own experiences in Flamer, his debut graphic novel, telling a difficult story with humor, compassion, and love."
"This book will save lives," said one featured reviewed.
Blaze News reached out to Frisch's campaign but did not receive immediate response regarding why the books were chosen and whether he forwent the option to be sworn in on a Bible, the Constitution, or any other book.
This article will be updated with any relevant responses.
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