From The Daily Herald:
A controversial book removed in April from eighth-grade classrooms at Hadley Junior High School in Glen Ellyn will be back on the shelves when students return to class in the fall.
The Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 school board voted 6-1 Monday to overturn the decision by a previous board to remove copies of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” from eighth-grade literacy classrooms at Hadley over concerns about sexually explicit content and language.
Most board members were willing to reinstate the book after assurances from district administrators that a revised parental notification letter would be sent at the start of each school year warning parents that their children could be getting access to sometimes mature content in classroom libraries.
Parents would have to sign the letter and return it to school before their child could check out books from the classroom library. They could also comment on the letter if there are texts they do not want their child reading.
Opponents of the book, including Lisa DiGiacoma, a Glen Ellyn resident, said teachers who wore pins and necklaces to school with the words “freedom” and “stop banning books” were pouring “gasoline on an already inflamed and contentious issue.”