CAUTION: Adult verbiage quoted in this article. Parental review and discretion advised.
In the current news cycle is the video of a father who was arrested for opposing the New Hampshire public school system requiring his child to read smut so graphic it can't be read on television- I suspect the School Board made one of the biggest mistakes of their careers since the father is an accomplished attorney. AGAIN, the question must be asked “what is it with educators accessing themselves to other people’s children?” Tax payers pay to have their children taught scholastics, not to have their children exposed by government employees to harmful information.
In her 2012 article titled "Overexposed and Under-Prepared: The Effects of Early Exposure to Sexual Content" Dr. Carolyn C. Ross, M.D., M.P.H reports:
"In another study, boys who were exposed to sexually explicit media were three times more likely to engage in oral sex and intercourse two years after exposure than non-exposed boys. Young girls exposed to sexual content in the media were twice as likely to engage in oral sex and one and a half times more likely to have intercourse. Research also shows that teens who listened to music with degrading sexual references were more likely to have sex than those who had less exposure.This including High Risk Sex, sexual violence, and harmful sexual and relationship addictions."
Some have opined that the School Systems mistake was to fail to ask permission from the parents of the minors exposed to the explicit sexual content of the book in question. This Writer sees more that the book should never have been assigned to children, or proffered to parents as a matter of safety for those children, as well as on principle. Imagine if an adult accutally said to a child "She could feel his erection, hot against her stomach.... Semen, sticky and hot, pooled on the carpet beneath her?" This writer will be surprised if the quote gets past his editor, or more importantly how long it would take for the police to be called and arrive to confront said adult.
One wonders how long it will take for School Board members, teachers, and staff to face arrest for endangering minors, and/or the parents to sue the school system in a class action lawsuit for sexual abuse, or harassment: or both. "Sexual Abuse as defined by NH statute 169-C:3, 169-C:29, et seq. says:
" A person is guilty of endangering the welfare of a child or incompetent if he knowingly endangers the welfare of a child under 18 years of age or of an incompetent person by purposely violating a duty of care, protection or support he owes to such child or incompetent, or by inducing such child or incompetent to engage in conduct that endangers his health or safety.”
But also consider legal definition for “Sexual Harassment” as defined by the new Hampshire Dept of Education;
"Other sexually harassing conduct, whether committed by supervisory or non-supervisory personnel, is also prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to: verbal abuse of a sexual nature; offensive sexual behavior; graphic verbal comments about an individual's body; sexually degrading words to describe an individual; brushing, touching, patting, or pinching an individual's body; sexually explicit gestures; the display in the workplace of sexually suggestive, sexually demeaning, or pornographic objects, pictures, posters, or cartoons; inquiring or commenting about sexual conduct"
…reasonably concluding by parents that the book, with or without their consent: is quite possibly a sexual crime against a (or many) minor(s).
Parents of children within the New Hampshire Public Schools are justified in their concerns for their children in the care of what could reasonably considered to be a dangerous environment for them. New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services warns parents of minor children:
“Every day, kids and teens use the Internet for homework, to listen to music, to connect with friends. Unfortunately, they are often exposed to unwanted sexual material while online. One survey found that, in an average year, 1 in 5 kids and teens have been exposed to “sex talk” from an adult”
Unfortunately, NH DHHS forgot to mention the New Hampshire Public School System as another source of inappropriate material.