Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley told a crowd Friday he will never waver in his belief that “inappropriate” books should be removed from schools.

The New Hartford native held open the book “Gender Queer” to about 50 people who attended a town hall meeting at the Waverly Public Library. He expressed confidence the Legislature will soon keep public and private schools from sharing such material.

Grassley, the District 57 representative, contended he spends “half of every single day” having conversations about books in multiple school districts. He sees no alternative to the “common sense” solution of removing the books.

“We’re the adults. We cannot ignore these kinds of things,” said Grassley.

He received a round of applause on his stance before pivoting to another school issue and receiving some scrutiny from those in attendance.

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