Nov 21, 2013 10:12 PM

Parents Upset About Violent Book In Lexington Schools

It was on the reading list at Lexington's Henry Clay High School, however one parent said the book described as, "deliciously demented," is too violent for teens. Now the Fayette County School System is trying to decide whether the award winning book I Hunt Killers should be accessible to students.

"The back of the book is described as deliciously demented and a twisted tale from a teenaged psychopath and it's all about killing," said Kassie Bennet. She was shocked when it was in her 15 year old's back pack for a school assignment.

"If my child picked up the book out of the library, then your child has the ability to do it too," said Bennet. I Hunt Killers was on the Henry Clay High School reading list, along with dozens of other books. Bennett's son chose it from the school library, but she wants to know why it was even an option.

"We would never put anything on our shelves if it wasn't approved by higher powers than the principal at Henry Clay High School," said Henry Clay High School Principal, Greg Quenon. He said, among other things, the book is listed on the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards for 9th through 12th graders. Plus, teachers read and approved the book.

"This is a book that has won multiple awards in multiple states, it wasn't just arbitrary that we put it on our book list," said Quenon. Still, should students be reading it with out their parents knowing? To find out, LEX 18 News asked some students.

"Something like this, I think parents should be notified about it," said Zeke Griffis. He is a senior at Henry Clay High School and said he was surprised to find out I Hunt Killers was in his school library.

"A book about serial killers, that seems a little off and not something you want students to read about in school," said Griffis.

Now Bennett said the book needs to go, and parents need to be kept in the loop. Therefore, school officials are taking a closer look at the list, but want everyone to remember one thing. "You never can judge a book by its cover," said Quenon.

Fayette County Schools said no student is required to read I Hunt Killers, it is simply a book they can choose.


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