"Those who seek to protect children from thoughtful artistic content may well instead 'protect' them from a full and complete education"–Julian Darius
Congrats to everyone on all your hard work: the board voted to reinstate the book!
A pair of talented, smart, motivated Hadley students just created a video to help show student voices and galvanize support for overturning the ban! Check it out here.
ALARMING UPDATE: A designated anti-gay hate group, Illinois Family Institute, is trying to rally support for the ban, which is going under consideration again on Monday, June 10. Please write to the Board of Education members ASAP to have your voice heard on the issue; you are welcome to use this draft letter and contact all the members simultaneously. Also, if you’re in the area and want to show up in support of reinstating the book, the board meeting will be next Monday, June 10 at the Central Services Office, 793 N Main St. Glen Ellyn, at 7:30. Anyone who wants to speak can fill out a green form before the meeting and give it into the secretary. They’ll be able to speak before the board votes.
Glen Ellyn School District 41 Board of Education recently voted 4-2 to ban The Perks of Being a Wallflower from Hadley Junior High School, despite a review committee of teachers and administrators recommending that the book be allowed to stay. The ban was requested by two parents of an 8th grade student. Learn more or see what the media has been saying.
Sign the petition.
Email the school board or send snail mail to District 41 Central Services Office, 793 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.
The school board has changed members since the vote to ban Perks (my apologies for not having this info up on the site earlier; I wasn’t clear on the term changes). Sam Black will be board president until 2015; according to The Glen Ellyn Patch, he “said while he’s reluctant to censor material, he agreed the issues addressed in the book have no place in a middle school.”