Skip to comments.Dad Arrested for Speaking Up About Pornographic Content in Required Reading for 9th Graders
Posted on 05/06/2014 7:33:36 PM PDT by massmike
A reading assignment has some parents in New Hampshire confused and upset.
The controversial book Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult is required reading for some 9th grade students at Gilford High School. The book is a fictional story about a school shooting and has been part of the curriculum since 2007.
School officials say that the book contains important themes, but parents say that message is overshadowed by what some call pornographic content on one page. The book was assigned to students last Monday, but the school failed to give parents of freshmen students notice of the sexually explicit content in the novel. One page of the book contains a graphic description of rough sex between two teenagers.
Some parents are outraged, and attended a school board meeting to make their feelings known.
William Baer, whose 14-year old daughter is a student at the school, was one of the parents who spoke out at the meeting. He was promptly arrested for doing so:
Baer, who is an attorney, told EAGnews that the school has no business introducing such themes to students, and questioned why it is acceptable for the state, through its schools and agents, to mandate reading and discussing this kind of material.
In a written response to EAGnews, Gilford school leaders admitted they didnt warn parents of the books controversial nature like they have in previous years, and promised to send a letter to the home of all students who are currently assigned the book.
Its a little late now, isnt it?
The incident at Gilford isnt unique: reading assignments that contain pornographic material seem to be more and more of a normal occurrence, especially since the introduction of Common Core curriculum in schools.
In his article Sex and the Public Schools, Michael Snyder discusses ways schools are sexualizing our children at younger and younger ages. Some public schools are mandating sex education for kindergarteners. Earlier this year, a middle school in Kansas decided that adding anal sex, oral sex, and touching were appropriate topics to add to their health class curriculum.
If your child must attend public school, you may want to pay close attention to the assignments they being given.
Raw video: Man arrested at Gilford school board meeting
Gilford High School
88 Alvah Wilson Rd
Gilford, NH 03249
The Book Spoiler for the book - NINETEEN MINUTES
A brief synopsis and the ending will be revealed for the book - NINETEEN MINUTES
I expected the video to show the father coming completely unhinged, violent and disruptive and figured this would be the "real" reason he was arrested.
It didn't show this at all.
I knew when he opened his mouth, he was doomed. He was told 100 times to shut up. He felt that he was more important then the two in front of him. The worst of it all he didn’t say a coherent thing. Nothing of substance to the discussion at all. He was told to leave.....he told the cop he wasn’t going.....he said arrest me.....the cop said, “OK”. Why threaten a cop with arresting you? That is the dumbest thing. Do I think the guy should do time in jail? Not more than a weekend for sure. At least next time, when they are running a meeting, he will shut his trap until his turn. The first guy was so respectful.
Who do those bureaucrats work for and who pays their salaries?
Great country we live in. Try to protect your child from smut and you get arrested! Yea, yea, I know, he was arrested for disorderly conduct. However, he was only trying to protect his child from unacceptable reading material.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that a once great nation like the US would become such a corrupt and vile place to live. A place were you can’t even protect your child from pornography in the school system.
I have to agree with you. if it was a Marxist that wouldn’t stop talking when his time was up we wouldn’t like it.
Youe 20 seconds have exeeded the limits. Please report to the ‘conditioning officer’ to your left. Thank you, and have a nice day.
...but God-forbid some store clerk sells one of those same kids cigarettes! The same local government “leaders” would be calling for the store to be fined!
“Your”. Sorry. Typing on a dang BlackBerry w/o glasses.
It's way past time to be DISrespectful, and make some mischief
That guy should have emulated Al Pacino in the movie ‘Scent of a Woman’, where there was some kind of disciplinary committee ready to wrongfully fry one student.
One man hit the gavel and said “You’re out of order, sir”. Al Pacino - “Out of order? I SHOW you out of order!” It was a great scene.
At any rate, bravo to those parents who speak up. Most public school teachers seem to have this smug arrogance about them; it’s quite annoying.
The scene in "And Justice For All" was better.
I have a friend who handcuffed himself to the podium.Wanna be heard ,there are ways :)
Because of his attitude, the guy accomplished nothing.
I read it a few years back—and liked it.
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