Hudson High School library books reviewed for adult content

**Watch an old report on the book debate in the video above**

HUDSON, Ohio (WJW) — City of Hudson school officials are continuing to review a book after parents criticized so-called adult content available in the high school library.

It started in September when some parents raised concerns about a book called ‘642 things to write’, which was given to high school students taking a college-level course at Hiram College.

The situation escalated when Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert called the content “child pornography” and urged the filing of charges. The Summit County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and noted that the parents who complained had signed a waiver. The book had been on the writing program for 6 years.

Following the discussion of “642 things to write,” community members challenged three more books from the Hudson High School library.

“A Girl on the Shore” will not be released. The school district said it was determined to be “pervasive and not educationally appropriate.”

“Lawn Boy” has been reviewed and returned to the library.

“It was well-written and engaging, and offers literary value to high school students facing similar challenges to the main character, who is Mexican, economically poor and gay,” a spokeswoman for the schools said Thursday. town of Hudson.

The third book, “Gender Queer”, will be examined in more detail. Principal found this provided valuable insight and a unique perspective on the issues facing the LGBTQ community, but the person who initially raised the concerns was unhappy with this outcome.

A seven-member committee will now review “Gender Queer” to decide whether it will be released back into circulation. The committee is made up of two teachers, three parents, a librarian and the assistant superintendent.

Colin L. Johnson