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Daily Talker: Controversial School Assignments

A school department in New Hampshire is revising its policy for letting parents know about the books assigned to students, after a father was arrested at a school board meeting.

William Baer’s 14-year-old daughter was assigned to read the book “19 Minutes” by Jodi Picoult for her Gilford High School English class. It deals with bullying and a school shooting, but also includes a sexually explicit passage.


Gilford, N.H., police arrested William Baer for protesting a racy novel. (WBZ-TV)

Father Arrested For Protesting Racy Novel At NH High School

A father was pulled out of a school meeting and handcuffed for protesting his daughter’s reading assignment which included a sex scene.