Father arrested for objecting to ninth-grade daughter’s assigned reading of sexually explicit book!!
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‘Graphic, violent… arguably daterape‘: Father arrested for objecting to ninth-grade daughter’s assigned reading of sexuallyexplicit book says his family was ‘violated’
Attorney William Baer charged with disorderly conduct at meeting in New Hampshire between parents and the school board
Mr Baer violated his ‘two-minute speaking time’ while discussing why his daughter should not have been given a book with sexual themes
Gilford High School made Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes required reading for class of 14-year-olds
Book about school shooting has themes of bullying and sexual violence
Passage includes the words: ‘She could feel his erection, hot against her stomach…. Semen, sticky and hot, pooled on the carpet beneath her’
Jodi Picoult tweeted: ‘Another parent is challenging #19Minutes bc it contains a sex scene far more vague than anything on TV. Sad to focus on that & not bullying.’
The father arrested at a school board meeting after complaining about a sexuallyexplicit novel on his daughter’s reading list said that his family was ‘violated’, describing the book as ‘graphic and violent’ and featuring a scene that was ‘arguably an instance of date rape‘.
William Baer lost his temper during the meeting between parents and school officials from New Hampshire’s Gilford High School.
The meeting was convened to give parents the chance to discuss the appropriateness of ninth-grade students being given Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes – a novel about a school shooting that contains themes of bullying and sexualviolence.
( Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult deals with a school shooting and has themes of bullying and sexual content. )
A two-minute time limit for speaking was imposed on those attending the meeting and when Mr Baer exceeded this, during a strident outburst, he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
Immediately after his arrest his daughter, Marina, 14, railed against the school authorities. She told them: ‘This just shows that you resort to force at the first turn of conflict. And I’m appalled. I don’t trust you and I honestly don’t feel safe around you people.’
Footage of the drama was quickly uploaded to the internet.
Speaking to Fox News after his arrest, Mr Baer said: ‘The problem is that there was no notice from the school that this would be the assigned reading.
‘I’m 50 and I’m not prude and I’ve never read anything like that in my life. It is graphic. It is violent, it is arguably an instance of date rape. I feel like my family has been violated.’
The book contains a description of rough sex between two teenagers including the words: ‘She could feel his erection, hot against her stomach’.
Mr Baer expressed his outrage that his daughter had been assigned the reading material and when he asked to read the concerning passage aloud, the school board refused.
‘Sir, would you please be respectful of the other people?’ a school board member asked.
He replied: ‘Like you’re respectful of my daughter, right? And my children?’
Mr Baer, an attorney, was seen on camera arguing heatedly with school authorities and a parent who supported the book for several minutes before a police officer approached him in the audience.
The officer appeared to ask Mr Baer to leave. He responded: ‘Because I violated the two-minute rule?’, referring to his allotted speaking time at the meeting.
‘I guess you’re going to have to arrest me,’ Mr Baer told the police officer, who then ordered him to stand up and led him by the arm out of the library meeting.
The father was then placed in handcuffs and charged with disorderly conduct.
Mr Baer told EAGNews: ‘I was shocked when I read the passage, and not much shocks me anymore.
‘My wife was stunned by the increasingly graphic nature of the sexual content of the scene and the imagery it evoked.’