Phillip Todd Wilson, a former Kentucky school principal, was charged with 17 child pornography and distribution, a decade after he decided to ban books with LGBTQ storylines, according to NBC News.
Wilson, 54, was previously the principal of the Montgomery County High School 10 years ago. He, with other administrators, removed several young-adult novels that had been listed as optional reading in English classes, citing that “homosexual content,” as well as drugs, sex, child abuse, and suicide, were not appropriate topics for students.
The four books that Wilson challenged and pulled from the curriculum were “Twisted” by Laurie Halse Anderson, “Deadline” by Chris Crutcher, “Lessons from a Dead Girl” by Jo Knowles, and “Unwind” by Neal Shusterman.
“I was a very new author at the time all this happened and the press coverage was overwhelming,” Knowles posted on Facebook. Her book was banned for “homosexual content” although it was about a girl who endured sexual and emotional abuse from a female friend. “I was horrified by the accusations he and the superintendent made. And heartbroken for the brave teacher, Risha Allen Mullins, who stood up for our books and faced so much unfair criticism.”
In response to Wilson’s indictment, Knowles continued, “As I said to some friends last night when I got the news, ‘You can’t make this sh-- up.’”