January 25, 2022

Illinois: Morton Grove Library Trustee Relieves Teenager Before Showing R-rated Film

Note: Morton Grove, IL is located just north of Chicago and borders Skokie and Niles.

From the Morton Grove Champion:

A 16-year-old girl was removed from the Baxter Auditorium minutes before a R-rated movie was scheduled to play on July 23 as part of the Morton Grove Library’s weekly matinee series.

But the teenager wasn’t trying to sneak in; she was hired by the library specifically to work the movie series.

Library Trustee Cathy Peters witnessed the teenager showing “Pricilla, Queen of the Desert” on June 25, an R-rated movie about two drag queens and a transvestite touring the Australian outback. Peters said she often takes her elderly mother to the matinee, and she promptly sent Library Director Pam Leffler an email asking for a different employee to show future movies.

After no resolution was found, Peters began talking to other trustees about the teenager and the types of movies being shown.

“If they (library administrators) lack the judgment and common sense to know that the majority of our taxpayers would be offended by this hiring, then my intervening really was an emergency situation,” Peters said.

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