Father Arrested While Objecting to Porn Novel on School’s Required Reading List

BaerGILFORD, N.H. — A father of a high school student in New Hampshire was recently arrested as he spoke out at a board meeting against a pornographic novel assigned to his daughter without his knowledge.

William Baer was escorted out of the room and placed in handcuffs on Monday when he continued to object to the assignment, which he said contains content so sexually graphic that he considered it to be pornography.

“I was shocked when I read the passage and not much shocks me anymore,” he told EAG News prior to the meeting. “My wife was stunned by the increasingly graphic nature of the sexual content of the scene and the imagery it evoked.”

The book at issue is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, a fictional tale about a school shooting that includes a sex scene between its two main characters. According to reports, the book has been a part of the English curriculum at Gilford High School since 2005.

However, when Baer’s daughter was assigned to read the book last week, parents were given no notice, neither any warning about the sexually explicit content in one of its chapters. He stated that he only learned of the material when his 14-year-old daughter told a visiting family friend that she was reading Nineteen Minutes. The friend picked up the book only to open to a graphic description of a sexual encounter.

Therefore, Baer attended Monday’s school board meeting to speak out, but felt insulted when he was provided only two minutes to express his concerns.

“It was basically, you make a statement, say what you want and sit down,” Baer told local television station WMUR. “Sit down and shut up, basically, and that’s not how you interact with adults.”

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When he continued talking past his allotted time, the school board asked him to stop speaking. When he refused, Lt. James Leach then approached Baer and told him to leave.

“You are going to arrest me because I violated the two-minute rule?” Baer asks in video footage of the incident. “I guess you are going to have to arrest me.”

Leach then escorted Baer out of the room and placed him in handcuffs. The concerned father was charged with disorderly conduct and released on $700 personal recognizance.

“We went into the police station, went through the booking process, and I sat there like a criminal,” he told reporters.

Baer faces a trial in June, where he could be fined up to $1,200.

In the meantime, the Gilford School Board has released a statement apologizing for failing to notify parents of the required reading assignment.

“The board apologizes for the discomfort of those impacted and for the failure of the school district to send home prior notice of assignment of the novel,” it wrote. “The district will take immediate action to revise these policies.”

The district did not apologize for Baer’s arrest surrounding his concern over his daughter being required to read pornographic material.

Photo: CBS-WB2


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  • Webb

    In today’s Amerika he is considered a criminal, while the real criminals sit on the school board and hold high office in Washington D.C.

  • John Phillips

    Arrested for disorderly conduct? Just because he spoke over the two minutes? At a public school function?

    And yet there are people who assault others, and are just told to break it up, without further action?

    I’m all for peace and order, but not at this cost. I would much rather see/hear empassioned exchanges from those who believe in what they stand for, than live in a community that is regimented, passive and detached.

    The Lord bless you, and fight on, Mr Baer. Your child is, and our children are, worth it.

  • Oyishoma Emmanuel

    I get excited each time i see someone who stands up for the truth.

  • Lester

    The mystery of iniquity . . . That is lawlessness in the name of the law. The lamblike beast shall speak as a dragon . . . That lamblike beast is America

  • http://www.CyberServant.com NSmith

    We had a problem with a required reading book our child was required to read. Her being an avid reader, she found the book “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” very difficult and uncomfortable to read. She brought it to our attend and after contacting the teacher, she was then assigned a different book to read. Sadly though, the other children were required to read that book. Where are the parents when our children need them the most? [just a thought]

    • JE

      I agree totally. us parents need to keep watch. however this is time consuming and sometimes complicated. and I found myself the only squeaky wheel which meant a bad reputation for our family and maybe bad treatment of my kids in school by teachers who thought I was just a trouble maker. Not to mention the parents who dont agree with my opinion, right? I wouldn’t change anything today but standing up for the right thing comes with a price.

  • http://www.countrymanordesigns.com Claudia Thompson

    What makes me feel disgusted is how everybody just sits there and lets this man be arrested and don’t even say a word. What a bunch of cowards. And they don’t need to “notify” the parents that they are going to try to force their kids to read this smut, they need to stop DOING that to begin with.

  • JE

    I agree. the ownness should be on the teachers to take initial action, not for the parents to counter act.

  • http://sbcglobal Carol Motsing

    Is everything trying to destroy our children’s morals? Also, why are fewer and fewer parents TAKING their children to church?