We spoke to the Kenosha Unified School Board president who told us that the book “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is being reviewed by administration. This, after a post containing screen shots of the KUSD digital library began circulating on social media. A KUSD spokesperson, Tanya Ruder told the Kenosha County Eye that “(she) is aware of this concern. It is under review by administration.” The book is available to students without login credentials according to the post. Many district parents are upset because the book is border-line pornographic, and contains sexually explicit language, including cunnilingus throughout the story. The below screen shot is extremely graphic:
The 2012 novel by Jesse Andrews was made into a movie in 2015. It details high school life for a loner named Greg Gaines who’s friend is dying of cancer. On the KUSD digital library it is suggested to grade 9 – 12.
When KUSD administration is done with its review, we will let you know what is decided. It is unknown at this time if the district will take on a district-wide review of such books. Yolanda Adams is the only school board member to return our communication, although she refused to give her opinion on the book’s appropriateness. We asked the rest of them if they supported this content and they didn’t respond. All seven school board members are Democrats.