***Warning: The following images, while approved unanimously by a 10-person committee in Carlisle, should not be considered appropriate for children. Please do not let young eyes look at this story. Thank you.***
A 10-person reconsideration committee in Carlisle unanimously recommended keeping the book “Gender Queer” in the high school library.
The book has come under fire for containing images like these:
The committee said the book’s content provides “a perspective that is relevant to today’s teens and has an educational and social-emotional component for students interested or needing information on the topics in this book.”
“The graphics or illustrations in the text do not represent the primary theme of the book,” it added. “In fact, the committee agrees while the graphics in question may be offensive to some, the value of the overall message and storyline outweigh the graphic nature of the pictures.”
The committee also said library collections are not required reading.
“Parents and legal guardians should make decisions with their child about what is appropriate for their individual reading choices,” the committee said.
Stacy Goodhue and Dana Lillis signed the recommendation.