Skip to comments.Dad arrested for protesting ‘pornographic’ book at school board meeting
Posted on 05/06/2014 3:52:08 PM PDT by mandaladon
GILFORD, N.H. The New Hampshire father who was disgusted with school officials for assigning a sexually explicit novel to his 14-year-old daughter was arrested at Monday nights school board meeting and charged with disorderly conduct. Unionleader.com reports William Baer was arrested and taken away in handcuffs from the meeting because he would not stop protesting the districts policy of assigning Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult to its 9th grade English students.
In a previous interview with EAGnews, Baer described portions of the novel as pornography and said he was appalled that Gilford High School officials assigned the book without giving parents any notice of what was in it or giving them a chance to opt their children out of the assignment.
Gilford school officials say Picoults novel which tells the story of a school shooting and how it impacts various individuals has been part of the curriculum since 2007. Gilford officials say that parents are normally notified of the books controversial nature before it is assigned, and acknowledge they failed to do so this year.
Before Baer addressed the board on Monday evening, he was told he had two minutes to speak. Unionleader.com reports that Baer went beyond that time and sat down, but then got into an argument with another parent who approved of the book at the high school.
Baer asked board members what the remedy should be, but the board said it would not take questions on the matter, UnionLeader.com adds.
Baer was then approached by a police officer.
You are going to arrest me because I violated the two-minute rule? Baer asked. I guess you are going to have to arrest me.
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The father should bring criminal charges for providing pornographic materials to a minor to this whole school board and the organization responsible for adding this book to the curriculum.
So you can’t draw a picture of a gun, point your finger and say bang, or even wear a US flag on Cinco De Mayo but you can be assigned a smutty book about a fictional school shooting as a class assignment?
Down is up. Wrong is right.
Only Rhode Island and Massachusetts place significant (but not impermeable) barriers to homeschooling.
I suggest parents go to HSLDA.org and investigate homeschooling their kids.
With the advent of ONLINE classes and the growth rate of homeschooling taking off in this nation, you CAN do it, and it is oh so worth the time and effort.
Schools believe they are above parents and that decency laws do not apply to them
Decency is what they say it is - if its perverted, then its decent to most school systems.
Unless the Father is a district attorney he can’t bring criminal charges against anyone. What he can do is start a civil rights suit against the police department for deprivation of rights under the color of law. Civil rights suits can get downright scary for the budget of a town.
Raw video: Man arrested at Gilford school board meeting
As parents that did it way back when (the kid is 30 yo now), I will testify to that. Given our daughter's abilities and personality, home schooling probably saved her life.
When she met her counselor at college (2000) his first comment was "I love home schooled students".
Looking back, based on how she matured and where she is now, it was one of the wisest decisions we ever made as parents. And it was an amazing learning experience for all three of us.
Disclaimer: My wife is an extraordinary mother and teacher, she deserves more credit than she could ever get.
I think Mr. Baer should have read the controversial material in the meeting.
Baer’s a hero to all caring parents - hope he gets the charges dropped and the cop suspended/fired. The First Amendment is the First Amendment, period.
They are both classics of their genre, are they not?
What really burns me is NOBODY there even tried to help him...not so much as a peep.
Most either looked away or pretended it wasn’t happening.
I’d be ashamed to in Gilford....
Yeah, he groaned, and he pushed her thighs apart. And then suddenly Matt was inside her, pumping her so hard that she scooted backward on the carpet, burning the backs of her legs.
I'd say that's pretty racy for an assigned school reading.
Go to Amazon.com and look for the book.....it has a lot of reviewers from a wide selection of opinions.
I haven’t read it but, from what I read from these people is it touches on homosexuality, teen sex, abortion, uncaring parents and teachers blind to bulling.
and it is handled in the most graphic way....../owiw
Small town councils and school boards are getting arrogant and wielding unusual powers to shut the tax paying public up, and they learn this from the criminals who are destroying this country
Whoa. Not good. Definitely on the pornographic side (that is, I can’t imagine that it advances the story in any way and it is certainly unnecessary).
This started long ago. My kids went to California public schools in the 1980s because we lived in a place that had no Catholic school (except for a girls’ HS that had had a few problems, shall we say). These depressing, dreary “teen problem” books were being already being introduced way back then. My daughters were being presented with books about girls being molested by their drunken fathers and my son was supposed to read books about boys who were gang members.
-— What really burns me is NOBODY there even tried to help him...not so much as a peep.
Most either looked away or pretended it wasnt happening.
It should. Sadly, free babysitting buys a lot of silence.
AFAIK, Home-schooling is BANNED in California.
It isn't. There's a huge homeschooling movement in California and in California it's surprisingly easy to homeschool compared to other states.
Actually it is easier in California that in some of the eastern states. It is a broad and vibrant community
Like the liberal pundits have decreed that since you are a Teen you must have a Problem.
Same here in Washington State at least on the eastern side of the Cascades where the school districts provide lots of resources and assistance to home schoolers.
Another Reason to Homeschool
hslda.org should have better information than me, but I do NOT believe that is the case. Every month, hslda updates members on significant events in states all over our nation.
If homeschools were banned there, I believe members would know about it.
Rhode Island and Massachusetts do NOT ban homeschooling, but DO make it difficult with all sorts of red tape.
It’s hard to see how the arrest could be justified when he agreed to be escorted out, apparently.