William Baer was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct when he refused to leave a school board meeting in Gilford, N.H., last night.
Baer and other parents are upset that Gilford High School is requiring ninth-grade students to read a 2007 bestselling book, Nineteen Minutes, that includes one page describing rough sex between two teens.
Nineteen Minutes has been read at the school by students in the past, but parents were apparently unaware until now.
According to UnionLeader.com, Baer went beyond his two-minute speech limit before the school board, sat down, but then got into an argument with another parent who approved of the book.
After Baer refused to stop talking, the school board called for a police officer to remove him (video below).
“You are going to arrest me because I violated the two-minute rule?” said Baer. “I guess you are going to have to arrest me.”
Baer sat in his chair for several seconds before saying, "This is ridiculous" and walking out with the cop, who handcuffed him outside the room.
“I fully understand how he feels. It really is a huge violation,” Barbara Baer, his wife, told WCVB.
“Why should those ideas be put in their mind. They can discuss this some other way. They don’t need that kind of imagery,” Barbara added.
"I am utterly appalled that this book was in my son’s hands," stated parent Sarah Carrigan.
According to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, 23 percent of all 14 year olds have had sex, notes AdvocatesForYouth.org.
School Board Chairman Sue Allen later issued a statement: "The board apologizes for the discomfort of those impacted and for the failure of the School District to send home prior notice of assignment of the novel."
However, the book's author Jodi Picoult urged parents to "read the book with your kids, by all means use it as a springboard for discussion with your kids."