The father of a 14-year-old girl in Gilford, N.H. was arrested on Monday after he complained during a school board meeting about the risque required reading material in his daughter’s freshman English class.
The father, William Baer, was protesting a novel by Jodi Picoult entitled “Nineteen Minutes.” When he exceed his time allotment – all of two minutes – but declined to stop talking, the attorney-by-trade was arrested.
The racy book contains themes including significant sexual violence. Here’s an example passage, courtesy of EAGnews.org: “‘Relax’, Matt murmured, and then he sank his teeth into her shoulder. He pinned her hands over her head and ground his hips against hers. She could feel his erection, hot against her stomach.”
“She clawed at Matt’s back to bring him closer,” the passage goes on to explain.
“‘Yeah,’ he groaned, and her pushed her thighs apart. And then suddenly Matt was inside her, pumping so hard that she scooted backward on the carpet, burning the backs of her legs.”
Then, “Josie felt him come.” “Semen, sticky and hot, pooled on the carpet beneath her.”
Local defenders of the novel, which receives four-and-a-half stars on Amazon.com, claim that the book is thought-provoking and suitable for ninth graders. They also note that students in the resort town of Gilford have been required to read the book for a few years now.
Baer, who said parents received no notification whatsoever from the school before their children were assigned the book, does not agree.
“It reads like a transcript for a triple X porno movie,” Baer told CBS Boston.
The distraught dad was not happy about his arrest, either.
“This is stunning that this is what it takes to get arrested,” he told the CBS affiliate. “We went into the police station, went through the booking process, and I sat there like a criminal.”
In a video recording of the fracas (see below), Baer observed before he was arrested for speaking in a public, government-run forum that students were attending the school board meeting as part of a lesson about how American government works.
This incident isn’t the first time this academic year that a father in the United States of America has been arrested for attempting to express his opinion to government officials about his child’s education. Back in September, Ellicott City, Md. parent Robert Small was violently arrested for expressing his frustrations about the implementation of the Common Core Standards Initiative. (RELATED: Now they’re arresting people who complain about the Common Core)
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