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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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Sue May 08 2014 at 5:38 PM

that just stinks. NO parent should have to "accept" that sort of trash. The author could have still made a point in her book without being graphic at all. It's been done before and can still be done. Have respect for the readers. Good grief... seems like this book does more HARM than good.

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todj1235 Sue May 08 2014 at 7:10 PM

Yeah we should blame the author, she forced the school to give it to the students. one persons trash is another persons treasure. just ask any thrift store owner.

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rmcneal337 todj1235 May 08 2014 at 8:56 PM

The teacher is to blame and the school board, forget the author if all she kind write is smut it shown what is deep within her. The teacher on the other hand has no right to require smut to be studied.

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rmcneal337 todj1235 May 08 2014 at 8:58 PM

Also when they write their book report and it asks what they learned by reading the book, I can just hear some of the comments of that age group now. Example: The part I got the most from was learning a boy can have a erection when biting someone. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee let us be rational educated adults and say this is not for children. !!

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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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Bea Thomas May 08 2014 at 5:13 PM

I meant to say should NOT be shown to a high school freshman.

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andebaron May 08 2014 at 5:13 PM

Not one parent concerned about the violence in the book--only the sex. Hilarious.

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aljoramaggio andebaron May 08 2014 at 5:24 PM

Did you read the scene the father was referring to?
It was a scene of violence - it concerned a sexual assault.

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Julie aljoramaggio May 08 2014 at 5:44 PM

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

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Julie andebaron May 08 2014 at 5:44 PM

I was thinking the exact same thing. How sad.

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