A small group of parents in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado fought for two years to have the district end services with EBSCO Information Services, a firm that embeds pornography in its academic databases.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) reports that “EBSCO promises ‘fast access to curriculum-appropriate content’ in their advertising to schools.” However, the curriculum provides easy access to pornography sites and graphic sexual content. Innocent searches provide pornographic results.
EBSCO provides materials to more than 55,000 schools nationwide. The pornographic content cannot be blocked with filters because the company’s databases are enclosed and not part of the Internet.
According to a recent article
, the Colorado parents began battling with school officials in September 2016 and remained persistent until the Cherry Creek School District decided to cancel their contract with the database service earlier this month. Senior counsel Matt Heffron of the Thomas More Society
, which represented those parents, credits them for persevering, despite hostile treatment from the school board.