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CDF members launch challenge on violent, sexually explicit book found in Florida middle schools

Citizens Defending Freedom is challenging a graphic novel titled “Assassination Classroom,” which depicts violent imagery of students killing their teacher, along with sexually explicit content and age-inappropriate language.

TAMPA, Fla. – Citizens Defending Freedom announced Monday that its members will challenge a violent and sexually explicit graphic novel that is found in Florida middle schools, which the organization says is inappropriate for children in that age group.

The book titled “Assassination Classroom” is authored by popular graphic novelist Yusei Matsui. The premise of the graphic novel is that a group of poorly-performing students, labeled “misfits,” are tasked with the responsibility of saving planet earth from a powerful alien that threatens human existence. Part of that responsibility is to kill their teacher, for which they are called “heroes.”

According to an analysis by Citizens Defending Freedom members, the book contains “explicit violence, mild profanity, and graphic sexual activities.”

For example, one illustration in the book depicts a group of students aiming guns at their teacher, who appears to be an alien. Other depictions show students pointing weapons with captions such as “GET READY,” and “F-I-I-I-R-E.”

After launching a firestorm of bullets and failing to kill the teacher, one student says, “ALL THOSE BULLETS … AND WE MISSED!?” while two other students say “WE’RE ASSASSINS AND OUR TARGET IS” … “OUR TEACHER.”

BookLooks Review rates the book as “Minor Restricted.”

Meanwhile, the book contains sexually graphic imagery, too.

Along with several references to “boobs,” female characters are shown wearing lingerie and bikinis, including one graphic with a photo zoomed in on breasts covered only by a small bra. The book also makes several references to pornographic magazines.

“This is yet another example of age-inappropriate material in our children’s schools,” said Florida State Director Sarah Calamunci. “Citizens Defending Freedom has no objections to books that serve legitimate educational purposes, but after a thorough review of this graphic novel, we are at a loss for what educational purpose ‘Assassination Classroom’ could possibly serve.”

“This is a non-partisan issue,” said Kristen Huber, Citizens Defending Freedom’s National Communications Director. “We should all be able to agree that violence toward teachers and explicit sexual content is not something that schools should be glorifying or promoting, especially on taxpayer dollars.”

Members of Citizens Defending Freedom’s Hillsborough County chapter recently led the charge to remove “This Book is Gay,” a pornographic book, from middle school libraries in the county school system.

The group’s members are diligently working to shed light on age-inappropriate content in schools across the country and are pushing for transparency in America’s school systems so that parents can be made aware of what their children are being exposed to in the classroom.

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About Citizens Defending Freedom:

Founded in 2021, Citizens Defending Freedom is a non-profit organization that strategically employs county-level chapters across America to help citizens defend their faith and freedom, all while fighting for transparency in local government. Currently, Citizens Defending Freedom has official chapters in Florida, Georgia, and Texas. The group is rapidly expanding their footprint, and expects to grow into one of America’s largest political nonprofits. Click here to learn more about Citizens Defending Freedom.

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Unknown member
Apr 12, 2023

Ironically, one would think that a book advocating the assassination of teachers might give the teachers pause, and a reason to want the book regulated more carefully. Such is the sad state of public education that they just seem clueless.


Unknown member
Apr 10, 2023

Stupid. "Assassination Classroom" is a Japanese manga and anime series where the students have to kill their SPACE ALIEN teacher using a kind of PELLET that the alien being is reactive to (in other words, they're NOT firing standard ammo at a human being.) And they have to kill their SPACE ALIEN teacher by a certain date or he will destroy the entire earth. This is ridiculous; whoever wrote this article didn't do some really basic background investigation and doesn't realize this is pure FANTASY and SCIENCE FICTION. I'm a high school teacher AND a manga/anime fan and I can tell you: there's nothing really wrong with Assassination Classroom. It's not that spicy even by Japanese standards. Stop trying…

Unknown member
Apr 11, 2023
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Allow me to educate everyone on this.

As is the case with a lot - and I do mean a LOT - of manga, the setting is a classroom because that's familiar to the target audience - which is Japanese adolescents, typically boys. The reason you will find the content that you do in this story, namely guns in the classroom (they're actually air guns firing pellets made of a fictional substance designed to destroy the molecular makeup of their non-human teacher) and mildly graphic depictions of the female form (no worse than you would find at any beach in the U.S. or in the window of the lingerie store at the local mall) is partly because these things are…

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