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This month, central Iowa parents seeking to have books they deem “pornographic” removed from school libraries prepared to kick things up a notch.

A few of the parents crafted a letter to send to Polk County Attorney John Sarcone, asking for a criminal investigation of the West Des Moines Community School District.

“On a continuous basis, the District is disseminating pornography to children,” reads a draft of the letter shared among parents on social media. “When challenged, the district directs us to a board policy that contains a reconsideration process for material that is ‘potentially controversial’.” This review process just delays the removal of books that should have never been there in the first place, they assert.

“Since the District perceives that it is not accountable to the Parents and families it is meant to serve;…

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