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Dad Arrested After Outrage Over Daughter's 'Porno' Homework

Dad Arrested After Outrage Over Daughter's 'Porno' Homework

A New Hampshire father was outraged over what he called his 9th grade daughter's "pornographic" homework assignment, but police say his reaction went too far.

WTSP reports this is William Baer being taken out of a school board meeting in handcuffs. That's after he voiced his concerns about his daughter's assignment to read Jodi Picoult's novel "Nineteen Minutes."

"I have a little problem with the book," he said.

According to parents, it's full of sexual content unacceptable for high school freshmen to be reading.

The book is about a student who is bullied and then goes on a shooting rampage. In one part, there's a very graphic sex scene.

It reads, "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." (Via Jodi Picoult / "Nineteen Minutes")

WBZ mentions "It reads like a transcript for a triple X porno movie. We had no notice of it whatsoever, no written notice, no verbal, nothing."

So Baer and a few other parents voiced their opinions at the Gilford High School's school board meeting, saying they should've been informed that their kids were reading the book. And when Baer went over his allotted two minutes to speak, police arrested him.

Now, the Gilford School District will be taking action. According to a statement from the school board, it plans to include a notification that requires parents to accept controversial material rather than opt out.

Author Jodi Picoult says she's glad this incident started a debate, but she doesn't think there should be this much fuss over her book.

She tells the New Hampshire Union-Leader all three of her kids read the book in high school. Picoult said the goal is to teach people about tolerance, bullying and gun violence.

"The fact that people are reacting to the book means it's striking home. When you push someone on these issues, that's when change occurs."

As for Baer, CBS reports if he is convicted of disorderly conduct he could face a fine up to $1,200.

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petiteleggymom May 08 2014 at 5:42 PM

I'm sure this so called school board could have told the police officer not to arrest this father. Its their fault and they should bear the full responsibility for his arrest. The arrest should be thrown out of court and the board members should be reamed out by the judge for allowing this fiasco to take place.

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prairiecal May 08 2014 at 5:20 PM

Time to remove your kids from the idiots who run this school and put them in a school whose values are more comensurate with your own. I had no idea there were New Hampshire Nazis running schools. "Live Free or Die" is their state motto? What a joke.

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Sue prairiecal May 08 2014 at 5:48 PM

Yeah, I home school for this very reason. My son excells in all his subjects. Receives straigh A's from the distance school he is enrolled in. Knows how to speak respectfully to adults, play respectfully with kids his own age, and care for children and play with younger than him. Loves learning and loves life, totally unhindered by any school wanting to dumby him down or "make" him learning something inappropriate.

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Paul prairiecal May 08 2014 at 5:55 PM

What was before 2008 is not what it is today

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Jerry May 08 2014 at 5:20 PM

I thought he was quite reserved.....should have been allowed to speak his mind until finished......the two minute rule is fine for large groups, but not when used to stifle free speech.

On the issue itself this fellow is 100% correct....I raised my son to abstain from using foul language and to be a gentleman (I can hear the liberals screaming "how old-fashioned.") When forced to read Catcher in the Rye out loud (in mixed company) he "beeped" the F-word and was admonished by his teacher.....I took care of business and the school will never forget it....right is right even when no one is right, and wrong is wrong even when everyone is wrong. It's time for more good people to push back against the loose morals and anything goes mentality that is so pervasive in our society.

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todj1235 Jerry May 08 2014 at 7:38 PM

I know I just spoke with every liberal in America and they all use foul language. I spoke with every conservative in America and none of them use foul language. I am glad you cleared up all of the worlds problems. I didn't realize if everyone became conservatives, the world would be a utopia. We could just kill everyone and clone you millions of times then all would be perfect.

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rmcneal337 todj1235 May 08 2014 at 9:15 PM

There is not reason for mud slinging. But that is the Liberal way isn't it?? Muddy the waters with name calling so the real issue is not addressed. Not all Liberals and Not all conservatives are wright But I think the moral climate of the Conservative Party fits my own moral values better

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rmcneal337 todj1235 May 08 2014 at 9:15 PM

Great statement about killing especially about this subject Moron

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gardinerda May 08 2014 at 5:18 PM

I would think that enough students kill other students with guns, and enough students rape others that we do NOT need to assign children to read about it to bring attention to this problem. What an excuse the author has! AND teachers seem to have bought into this idea! In the news, we frequently hear concerns about "copy cat" teen shooters and rapists. Does this book ENCOURAGE this behavior? Instead of informing about bullying, might this book TEACH "How To"????

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bakerinnodesign May 08 2014 at 5:16 PM

I'd be more than glad to contribute to a fund to pay his fine. In this country, we keep control of our schools in the LOCAL community. The question here is not what is in the book, but a parent's RIGHT to object to something being taught that he doesn't agree with. If you have a problem with that, you don't have an understanding of what it means to be an American.

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cureoak bakerinnodesign May 08 2014 at 5:28 PM

Can I contribute also? He should never have been arrested for trying to protect his daughter

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RWE bakerinnodesign May 08 2014 at 5:37 PM

It was porno pure and simple and is part of the insistance of the left to hyper sexualize our
children. I will help to pay his fine also.

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dancemom1 May 08 2014 at 5:16 PM

There is enough sex and violence in schools and in the world without giving them a book that tells them "how to do it." Reading a book alone will not teach them how to avoid any of it. I am certainly no prude, but I agree with the father on this one.

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Golden Dragon May 08 2014 at 5:15 PM

This country going to hell and the government and the schools are leading the way

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Hello! Here I am May 08 2014 at 5:15 PM

That's completely ridiculus. I watched the video and he never show any disorderly conduct. that "police officer" and that school board are out of line.

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davel202 May 08 2014 at 5:14 PM

We really are losing our freedoms.

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lkemer May 08 2014 at 5:14 PM

I am very thankful that I no longer have children or grandchildren in the school system. The school should require books based on family values, not pornographic material. If family values would be taught both at school and at home, children would grow to be productive, helpful, considerate adults in our society. Who ever voted to have this book as part of the 9th grade curriculum, should be fired or at least very closely watched as being a potential child molester/abuser. As for the author allowing her children to read this book, does not say much---because if she could write this book in the first place, it just shows her thought stability.

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