Cop takes action at school-board meeting
- William Baer, a parent upset over a reading selection in Gilford, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct when police said he did not leave a school board meeting after being asked.
A parent who complained about a book assigned to his daughter at Gilford High School in Gilford, New Hampshire, was arrested and taken away in handcuffs from a school board meeting for refusing to “be quiet” when repeatedly admonished by a board member.
William Baer, whose ninth-grade daughter last week was assigned the book “Nineteen Minutes,” came to the meeting to protest the book’s assignment and the district’s failure to notify parents the book contained graphic descriptions of “rough sex” between teens.
According to the Laconia Daily Sun, Baer challenged the board to read aloud the controversial portion of “Nineteen Minutes” during the meeting, but school officials refused.
Before speaking, Baer was told he had two minutes to speak.
Baer spoke beyond the time limit and sat down but then exchanged words with another parent who approved of the book.
“So what is the remedy here?” Baer asked.
The board said it would not take questions on the matter.
“Sir, would you please be respectful of the other people?” a school board member responded.
“Like you’re respectful of my daughter, right? And my children?” he countered.
“Please, be quiet,” admonished the board member.
A police officer then arrived at the scene, instructing Baer to leave with him.
“You are going to arrest me because I violated the two-minute rule?” the father said. “I guess you are going to have to arrest me.”
But Baer did get support from other parents.
Sarah Carrignan said, according to the Sun, that she was “‘utterly appalled that this was acceptable.”
“My son should never have had the book in his hand.”
Part of the problem was that when the book was used previously in the school, parents were notified and asked for permission for their children to participate.
The school this year didn’t notify parents until after students already were assigned the book and given access to the material.
Gilford Police Lt. James Leach, who was at the meeting, ordered Baer to leave the meeting and then handcuffed the parent. Reports say Baer was ticketed for disorderly conduct. MORE
H/T to Dave
Most people may have heard about it. If it was a school authorized book, then the school obviously purchased the books. So tax money is paying for objectionable material?
But wait, there was a similar story at WND, 08/04/2005. While not the exact same thing, the same narrative played out in Massachusetts .
Arrested after objecting to kindergartner’s reading material
Parker says the officials had indicated they would agree to a notification policy then suddenly refused. He insists he has done nothing wrong and is willing to contest the charge rather than plea-bargain.
At a hearing Tuesday, Parker’s trial date was set for Sept. 21.
The Lexington School Board contends Parker deliberately set out to be arrested and make national headlines.
Parker’s attorney, Jeffrey Denner, rejected that claim as supporters picketed outside the courthouse.
The dispute began last spring when Parker’s then-5-year-old son brought home a book to be shared with his parents titled, “Who’s in a Family?” The optional reading material, which came in a “Diversity Book Bag,” depicted at least two households led by homosexual partners.
“There’s a larger issue here locally and nationally and internationally about the role of family and what kind of encroachments government can make into children’s and people’s lives,” Denner told reporters.
Now the treatment is virtually the same — even if the details are different. One in Massachusetts and the other in New Hampshire, years apart. But the message is the same to concerned parents: object to book content and you could get ‘booked’.
There is also another glaring contrast. That was the 9/11 Benghazi attack where they injected a video as a motive for it and violent protests in Egypt etc. Whether it was the cause of protests or not, they injected a video as a de facto cause, ran out publicly talking about it, then rounded up and arrested the guy who made it.
Notice how quick the federal government condemned the video content for being objectionable to Muslims or Islamists? But if you are a parent of a grade school or middle school kid where the content in a book and their handling of it is objectionable, they go after the parents for offending the school by criticizing the content. Off to jail for objecting to content. See how due process works?
Then throw in one more contradiction. The State Dep. and Obama wasted no time running out to condemn content of a video. But so many Christians have been killed and persecuted throughout the Middle East, with the worst violence and cleansing being committed. Yet silence comes from our government. No long speeches, dialogue or condemnation and criticism. Maybe speaking out would offend the persecutors? Now hundreds of girls are kidnapped, and the terrorists come out making threats about what they are going to do to them. Officials struggle to find the right words to condemn it.
But don’t worry, if parents object to content in the schools, they’re going to jail. The disparity could not be greater if it was intentional. Wait…
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