SEND AN EMAIL: Don't Arrest Indiana School Librarians and Educators
SB12 would subject every employee of a school or library to criminal prosecution
Indiana school librarians and educators are under attack in the Legislature in troubling ways. SB12 would subject every school employee - including school librarians - to criminal prosecution under obscenity laws for any books, ebooks, and educational resources in their library. The bill has passed the Senate and is now moving to the state House.
SB12 (2023) would criminalize our school librarians, teachers, and educators for following the guidance of their locally-elected school boards. Since the early 1980s, Indiana law has made sure that the folks who serve in our schools can do their jobs without harassment or threat of prosecution.
Public school staff - including teachers, nurses, counselors, and art teachers - would be subject to criminal prosecution under state obscenity laws under SB12. Indiana school librarians could be harassed or prosecuted in court under obscenity laws for any books, ebooks, and educational resources in their library. Everyone who teaches health or art classes could be fined or jailed over sensitive subjects.
It's not reasonable to make criminals out of our school librarians and educators. Please join the Indiana Library Federation and EveryLibrary in opposing SB12. The bill is going up for a vote in the state House very soon. Take a moment and tell your Representatives to stop this bill before it goes any further. Please add your name to the list of concerned stakeholders now.