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Exclusive: Father Arrested For Speaking Out Against Sexually Explicit Book As Required Reading (Graphic Content)

Exclusive: Father Arrested For Speaking Out Against Sexually Explicit Book As Required Reading (Graphic Content)

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Nineteen Minutes page 313
The book in question, ”Nineteen Minutes” by author Jodi Picoult, is about a school shooting taking place in a fictitious New Hampshire town, and it contains themes of student violence, bullying, and sexual aggression. There is one particularly provocative and graphic depiction of violent, drunken sex between two teens in the story on page 313. Click here to read the passage (warning: graphic language and explicit sexual content).

Man says free speech rights violated in arrest over book
Parents voice concerns over scene in assigned reading in Gilford
UPDATED 6:25 PM EDT May 06, 2014

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The fact that "the Board is

The fact that "the Board is going to revise its policies to REQUIRE parents to accept controversial material rather than opt out" is as brutal as it gets regarding the reality of state ownership of your children. Secondly...WTF is wrong with the policeman robotoid who acted under orders of a chair at a committee for Pete's sake. Does he have no sense at all of the description and charge he laid "out of order" of WHAT????

The irony!

Baer moves the tribe from neo-liberal New Joisey to New Hamster...
Only to find there's more neo-liberal evil in the country.
And my gut tells me he's a Democrat!

Yes, this is the civics lesson

Unfortunately for you and the majority, you never learned civics.

I guess you're getting your feet wet now.

Government is the entity that has achieved military dominance over a society and it typically grants itself the ability to harm with legal impunity.

Cops enforce the legislatures will...rules. They have a 2 minute rule. You violated it, you get to feel the wrath of the legislature.

Time to reduce the power of the legislature. And establish independent courts. There is no other way.



The cheese stands alone. The proof is in the pudding.

What is even more sad is

What is even more sad is everyone going along with it in the room. As a minimum, they should have all gotten up and left and prevented him from being arrested. There is no hope if we do not stand up when confronted.

Yes. Stand up, people...

Yes. Stand up, people...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I would have loved to see him stand up and read the rape scene

He could have done that in less than 2 minutes. If it isn't appropriate for reading out loud at a school board meeting, then it isn't an appropriate reading assignment.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis

Where are the ministers and priests?

In my county, a couple got the media involved, too. But given the nature of the material, although they were *trying* to make other parents aware... 1) things couldn't be read at the board meeting because there were children present (yeah!), and 2) nor could the specifics be put into the county newspaper because of decency standards it goes by. Surely, when people would hear or read some generic description, many thought, "Oh, how bad could it be if it's approved by the school?"

The incident I'm referring to above concerned the book "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." But okay, so here's something else the parents did. They typed up multiple pages of excerpts from the book and gave it to the pastors of their CHURCH. Maybe, ya think?, religious leaders - without being "judgmental" or anything - might want to simply INFORM the parents in their congregations to become more aware of the novels assigned in high school English classes? In the months that I was in touch with the couple, they'd gotten no response. (Nor was anything said at a service.) Hmm, here the church could have actually made itself useful - now that teaching the gospel doesn't seem to be much of a priority anymore.

Incidentally, among other issues w/that book, it raises the issue of bestiality - as was also the case (among other issues) with a book that parents took issue with in my own school district. Here's a question I have: WHAT'S WITH ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDING TO INTRODUCE THE IDEA OF BESTIALITY TO OUR 18-, 17-, 16-, 15-, AND 14-YEAR OLDS?

Daniel P. Moynihan once wrote an essay, "Defining Deviance Down." That's what it's about - normalizing the abnormal. These days it's occurring at the same time as normal behavior is being defined abnormal.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Lets all stop getting mad - and play the by the same dirty rules

How about instead of having nice little sings at our next basketball game- we take some of the new dialogue we are having with our children thanks to this book and use that dialogue in our "spirit" signs for homecoming, and the big game.

Seems to me if it is required reading - then it should not offend anybody to see such explicit taunts against an opponent right?

Play the game people - and play it just as dirty.

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Excellent idea

May I suggest adding some pictures to your idea? :)

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

Wake up, high school parents!

I don't even know where to begin to express my outrage. For one, it's incredible that the parent would be arrested so easily, for such a petty reason. Going over a board meeting time limit? What the hell is going on? Do we live behind the Iron Curtain?
...Seoond, sexually explicit material in high school curriculum is no isolated incident. Parents need to wake up and start speaking out. And be careful of disingenuous principals and teachers who issue permission slips that say a book "deals with controversial issues." To say a book "deals with controversial issues" is just a teensy tiny bit of an understatement when at issue is, perhaps, the graphic depiction of the rape of a young girl by a relative (not unlike the cited passage above in terms of descriptiveness), e.g., The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, required reading in some high schools. (It also raises the issue of bestiality.) Third, in that article, it said that the new policy would advise parents that they did NOT have the option for their child to OPT OUT. This is MADNESS to require ANY STUDENT to read "Nineteen Minutes" - let alone a 9th Grader.


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Many (most ?) parents pay more attention to h.s. football

& basketball games played by their kids, than the actual content of lessons.

The parents have been subjected to the same kinds of 'schools'. . . which have only gotten worse and more blatant in pushing their agenda over the decades.

Sadly, 9th graders are raped

Sadly, 9th graders are raped all the time, and many are too scared or blame themselves for what happened and don't report the incident. If reading this book or Toni Morrison, and having teachers that don't try and hide rape from them, gives these people the courage to speak out against what happened to them, then I hope everyone reads them.



The cheese stands alone. The proof is in the pudding.

I'm wondering if you'd feel the same way if say

your 9th grade daughters soccer coach read the book to her. Why do teachers get a pass? It's funny because parents send their kids to school to spend 7 hours with a total stranger and really for the most part have absolutely no idea what goes on for those 7 hours.



I would definitely applaud a

I would definitely applaud a coach, as an adult role model in my child's life, that discusses important health issues with the team.


You've got lots to learn about parenthood.

What exactly do people

What exactly do people disagree with here? That candid treatment of rape in a learning environment leads to increased ability to respond in a healthy way to being sexually abused or helping someone else who has been sexually abused?

Where the disagreement lies

Where the disagreement lies with me is that once "junk" is put into your head... it stays there. Most healthy young girls are NOT EMOTIONALLY ready for this kind of interaction...let alone call it sexual awareness. Parents spend a lifetime trying to instill healthy attitudes towards, sex, affection and what a loving relationship means. Reading this junk at such a tender age is a misleading and false belief structure that is being indoctrinated into their minds going forward into the dating scene. Shame on the school boards that call themselves educators thinking this is the norm that 9th graders need to emulate.

9th graders are raped.

9th graders are raped. Children need to be educated about rape WAY WAY before 9th grade. A healthy attitude toward rape isn't, "we don't discuss rape because it's not appropriate for 13 year olds".

I would also like to see some evidence to support your claim that the school board thinks that 9th graders should emulate the behaviors of the rapist as described in this book.

What happened on page 313

What happened on page 313 wasn't just violent, drunken sex. It was rape.

I don't think the father should have gotten arrested, but I do think that rape is an issue that needs to be taken more seriously, and literature is one way to bring it out into the open and to encourage discussion. I don't want to continue living in our world, where we poo-poo rape as not that big of a deal (she shouldn't dress so provacatively, he shouldn't have gotten drunk, etc.) when there are millions of people getting raped every year.

Rape isn't an issue. It is a

Rape isn't an issue. It is a crime. It's the police that need to be called.

And who calls the police when

And who calls the police when the victim keeps the crime to themselves, as is so often the case, after being taught for so long to sweep rape under carpet?

"TAUGHT" by whom?

"TAUGHT" by whom?

There's a difference between a discussion

and forcing students to be voyeurs. The issue isn't that rape isn't a big deal. IT IS.
The issue is that (at best) that book is developmentally inappropriate material for a high school class. The issue is that a father was arrested by the police (!) for responding to a comment and thereby going over his "two-minute time limit."
The issue is that the school claims parents do not have a say in what they can require their children to be exposed to, even sexually explicit, violent material.
PARENTS have the option of having their children read books like Nineteen Minutes if they wish. No one's trying to take away your right to expose your own children to the issue of rape in whatever way and at whatever age *you* would deem appropriate - tiven your values and priorities and beliefs and being the one to know your child the best.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I'll repeat that I don't

I'll repeat that I don't think the father should have gotten arrested, we agree on that point.

As a parent, if you think you actually have any control over what your high schooler (or middle schooler even) is exposed to, you are delusional. (I'm using "you" in the general sense, not to mean you in particular).

They will be exposed to rape and sexual abuse, whether its at a friend's house, on television, or the acts of some pervert. A ban on depictions on rape in the classroom is completely counterproductive: you aren't preventing exposure of the material by banning the book, you are only banning the candid discussion that can occur in the (hopefully) safe environment of the classroom.

Some people don't get it . . .

that these issues are the responsibility of parents to teach their children based on their own values. You have a rather naive trust of those who set the agenda in schools (and have done so for more than a century). They don't care about your children, quite the contrary.

This is nothing more than social conditioning. At minimum, you should question that this be done behind parents backs with a vague 'weasel clause' in a CYA release letter.

And these aren't the only 'issues' covered in 'schools' today. For example, they do 'death education' too. - - - In the meantime American kids show poor achievement in reading, writing, and math skills. They know nothing of American history or foundational principles. They haven't been taught critical thinking skills; all they can do is ape what they are 'taught'. They have no intellectual self defense against the brain washing assault.

If parents truly want to provide an education for their children, they would best avoid 'schools' altogether.

If you're skeptical about anything I have written, great. You should doubt Everything anyone says. Look up the sources I've given in this thread . . and then research them for yourself.

Trust me, I'm plenty of a

Trust me, I'm plenty of a skeptic. But one thing that I am not a skeptic about is that rape is constantly being pushed under the carpet in our society. Nobody wants to talk about it: it's not entertaining, not happy-go-lucky. So we cover it up, and cover our children's ears. And then when our children get raped, they similarly hide it, blame themselves, don't report it.

The point of writing about rape is to make the reader uncomfortable. Too many people try to protect their children from all the evil in the world, that they wind up suffocating them with bans and ultimatums and everything else.

Want to get rid of public schools altogether? I'm right there with ya (I support the state's right to mandate education of children, but don't approve of federal interference and generally think even the states should exercise restraint). But we have them, and many kids go to them, and I can only hope that more classrooms are open to discussing rape now than they were 30-40 years ago.



The cheese stands alone. The proof is in the pudding.