NH School Defends Sexually Explicit Novel, Concerned Parent Arrested


By Todd Starnes

“She could feel his erection, hot against her stomach.”

It’s not exactly Nancy Drew but that’s the kind of sexually graphic content freshmen boys and girls are being exposed to at New Hampshire’s Gilford High School – without their parent’s knowledge.

“’Yeah,’ he groaned, and he pushed her thighs apart. And then suddenly Matt was inside her, pumping her so hard that she scooted backward on the carpet, burning the backs of her legs.”

That’s an excerpt from “Nineteen Minutes,” a novel that 14-year-old English students have been assigned to read at the local high school. It’s a story that was first reported by EAGnews.org, the website of the Education Action Group Foundation.

Sweet Mercy, America, that’s enough to make even Hugh Hefner blush.

The novel is based on a school shooting and deals with a variety of issues ranging from bullying to sexual violence. In previous years, parents have received some sort of notification about the nature of the novel.

But this year – somebody forgot to let mom and dad know their youngsters were going to parse a literary classic that includes this unforgettable line: “Semen, sticky and hot, pooled on the carpet beneath her.”

Dickens it is not.

William Baer became furious when he learned that his daughter had been assigned the book. He said the school not only failed to notify parents, but they also failed to offer parents a chance to opt their kids out of reading the book.

“I was shocked when I read the passage, and not much shocks me anymore,” Baer told EAGNews.org. “My wife was stunned by the increasingly graphic nature of the sexual content of the scene and the imagery it evoked.”

Baer, who is an attorney, put it in perspective. He said if someone had been handing those passages to students off campus, they might have been arrested.

Ironically, it was Baer who got arrested – at a school board meeting to address the controversy.

Baer went beyond his allotted two minutes and then got into an argument with a parent who supported the book.

Baer was charged with disorderly conduct.

But he wasn’t the only parent to express outrage.

“I am utterly appalled that this book was in my son’s hands,” parent Sarah Carrigan told The Union-Leader newspaper.

The school board issued an apology “for the discomfort of those impacted and for the failure of the school district to send home prior notice of assignment of the novel.”

Superintendent Kent Hemingway told me in a telephone interview that the district had been using the novel since 2007 – and to his knowledge – there have not been any complaints.

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  • The Skeptical Chymist

    The arrest of this gentleman for respectfully stating his opinion at the school board meeting and going a bit over his 2 minute limit is outrageous. On top of that, the arresting officer twisting his arm behind his back is an example of force far in excess of anything his supposed infraction required. It sounds like the novel was not the sort of material I would have wanted my children to read when they were 14, but it is probably not very different from things they would have been exposed to anyway. Regardless of that issue, the man’s arrest was outrageous.

  • Persephone Sixty-Six

    Like most things I read here, I think there might be more to the story. Maybe I’ll look it up later. Until then I’ll suggest they should read the Bible –

    Ezekiel 23:19-21
    New International Version (NIV)
    19 Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. 20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. 21 So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled.

    • portertx

      23:20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.

    • aCultureWarrior

      LOL…the only time atheists read the Bible is when they think they can use it to promote their perverted causes. Sorry Chuck, but we that know the Bible don’t fall for your lies.

      • Persephone Sixty-Six

        What perverted cause am I promoting here? What have I lied about.

  • aCultureWarrior

    Without a doubt, perverts have take over our society. The indoctrination of children to accept their perversion is of the utmost importance.

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