New Jersey mom Angela Reading, who is also a member of the Northern Burlington Board of Education, wrote a Facebook post expressing concern over sexual posters on display at her 7-year old daughter’s elementary school.
In her post, Reading wrote:
Her post caught the attention of a high ranking US Military official who contacted local police suggesting her comments constituted “safety concerns.”
Lt. Col. Christopher Schilling of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, which is nearby, apparently took issue with Reading’s post alerting parents in a local Facebook group of posters hanging at the entrance of her 7-year-old’s school displaying different kinds of sexuality, including the virtues of being “polysexual.”
The posters were reportedly part of an assignment to create a “safe space” for all students to “feel good and accepted.” Kids as young as 9 years old allegedly participated in creating these posters, as detailed on the “Chaos and Control” Substack page, which first reported on the story.
Reading slammed the elementary school’s hallway display as “perverse,” arguing that “it should be illegal to expose my kids to sexual content” and provided parents with pictures of the LGBTQ-themed posters.
The last thing she expected was a response from a high-ranking military officer.
On his personal Facebook page, according to a screenshot, Schilling claimed there were “security concerns” with Reading’s post, adding that the joint base is working with local law enforcement to “monitor the situation” and “ensure the continued safety of the entire community.”
“The current situation involving Ms. Reading’s actions has caused safety concerns for many families,” he wrote. “The Joint Base leadership takes this situation very seriously and from the beginning have had the Security Forces working with multiple state and local law enforcement agencies to monitor the situation to ensure the continued safety of the entire community.”
Reading joined Tucker Carlson where she said, “I was more than surprised. I was scared. I actually pulled my kids from school the day I found out. It was mind-boggling and I was worried for them when the US military comes after you for simply raising concern about a public poster that is widely available for all to see.”
“It essentially said I didn’t think my 7-year-old was age-appropriate to be exposed to words such as polysexual and pansexual. I said that all people are deserving of love and respect. My post was very explicit about that. Still, it prompted this response and it’s really scary that in this country we can’t have a right to speak and raise concerns about our public education system.”