A New Hampshire dad arrested at a school board meeting Monday after protesting a graphic sex-novel is planning on fighting the arrest. The upset parent, William Baer, is the father of a teen who attends Gilford High School in New Hampshire. A report from WMUR today indicates that Baer was outraged because the school district failed to notify parents that the book contained graphic descriptions of “rough sex” between teens.
The book, Nineteen Minutes, published in 2007 by bestselling author Jodi Picoult of Hanover, is mostly about a school shooting and bullying. It was Picoult's first book to debut on the New York Times' best seller list.
"I'm outraged that Gilford High School would require my daughter to read this kind of material," Baer told the Laconia Daily Sun. "I feel that I'm in the process of being violated by the state of New Hampshire's education system," he added. "It's not there place to dictate and I’m outraged that Gilford High School would require my daughter to read this kind of material.”
Raw Story explained that, during a meeting to address the issue, Baer was told before he began speaking that he had two minutes to comment, and he asked Superintendent Kent Hemingway to read the notice sent to parents Monday — after the book was assigned.
The notice didn't explain the extent of the graphic nature of the book and all it said was that it “depicts high school relationships, some of which are unhealthy.” Baer, an attorney, continued speaking past the allotted two minutes and sat down, but he then got into an altercation with another parent who approved of the book assignment.
He asked school board members what was the remedy to the dispute, but they told Baer they would not take questions on the matter.
“Sir, would you please be respectful of the other people?” a school board member said.
“Like you’re respectful of my daughter, right? And my children?” he countered.
“Please, be quiet,” the board member replied.
A police officer showed up shortly after the heated exchange of words, and he asked Baer to exit the meeting. Baer told the officer...“You are going to arrest me because I violated the two-minute rule? I guess you are going to have to arrest me.”
The officer did arrest Baer and he was charged with disorderly conduct. Baer was held for a couple hours before being released on $700 personal recognizance bail. Baer has a court date set on June 17, according to police records. Continue reading: County limits gatherings at homes? Extreme proposal sparks outrage in Va. county