Father Arrested For Protesting Racy Novel At NH High School
An upset father ended up in handcuffs, after protesting the assignment of a controversial book at his daughter’s school.
As CBS Boston reports, the Gilford, New Hampshire father was arrested after he refused to stop talking at a school board meeting. He’d exceeded the allotted two minutes for comment.
William Baer said his 14-year-old daughter was assigned to read the book called “19 Minutes” by Jodi Picoult, for her Gilford High School English class without any parental notice.
There is controversial material in the book including a sex scene. “It reads like a transcript for a triple X porno movie,” Baer told CBS Boston. “We had no notice of it whatsoever, no written notice, no verbal, nothing.”
School officials argue the book has important themes and it’s been read in the school for years.
In the wake of this incident, the school department plans to revise its policy for letting parents know about books being read. It will move to an “opt in” notification that requires parents to OK the material rather than opt out.