Daughter Lashes Out At School Board After Seeing Father Arrested During Meeting
Marina Baer, 14, confronted her school board following her father’s high-profile arrest at an official meeting, stating, “I honestly don’t feel safe around you people.”
Marina’s father, William Baer, was arrested after he violated the two-minute rule at a school board meeting in Gilford, New Hampshire, reports The Blaze. William was speaking out about a book containing sexually graphic content that was assigned to his daughter by her school to read without his permission.
In response to his arrest, Marina confronted the school board with harsh words.
“I just watched my father get arrested because he broke the two minute rule, at a board of education meeting,” Marina said. “This just shows that you resort to force at the first turn of conflict and I am appalled. So I don’t trust you.”
William Baer told The Blaze in an interview the arresting officer appeared nervous and reluctant to take him into custody.
“His hands were shaking I believe,” William said. “And then when I observed his demeanor and his behavior — He was clearly nervous and I said to him, ‘What are you so nervous about? I’m the one getting arrested.’”
“And he said something to the effect of, ‘I really don’t want to do this,’” Baer recalled.
The book William was objecting to is “19 Minutes” by Jodi Picoult. It contains an enactment of rough sex between two teens that culminates with the line, “Semen, sticky and hot, pooled on the carpet beneath her,” reports Biz Pac Review.
William did not want to prevent other students from reading the book if their parents approved.
“All I wanted was a notice to opt-in,” William said.
Since the incident, the book has been pulled from the classroom.
William Baer has been charged with disorderly conduct and was released on $700 bail.
“I’m not really looking for a fight,” Baer said. “But I’m highly offended and insulted and hurt and humiliated that these people saw fit to have me arrested for voicing my opinion at a school board meeting that didn’t comply with their arbitrary two-minute rule.”
The Gilford School Board has apologized for the “discomfort” the book assignment caused and said it will "revise policies to include notification that requires parents to accept controversial material rather than opt out" in the future.