Hundreds of parents spoke about a controversial library book that has split the community Wednesday night in Windham.
“Gender Queer: A Memoir” wasn’t on the Regional School Unit 14 school board agenda Wednesday night, but some parents used the public comment period to call its illustrations graphic and liken it to pornography.
“I really have nothing against anybody, but this is absurd and everybody knows it,” Windham resident Scott McDonald said.
Others defended the book.
“These books increase teens’ feelings of belonging and self-worth,” Windham High School student Emma Morrison said. “With messages of acceptance and encouragement.”
“This isn’t how you care about kids,” former Windham student Jake Fuller said. “You just care about your bigoted ideas and ignorance. Stop pretending.”
A panel of RSU 14 school officials is reviewing the book. There is no timetable for when school officials will make a decision on “Gender Queer: A Memoir.”