Parents of students at a Hudson, Ohio high school and the city’s mayor are calling on school board members to resign or face possible criminal charges for approving reading material for students, the content of which the mayor called “child pornography,” RT reported.
During a board of education meeting on Monday night, Sept. 13, Mayor Craig Shubert issued the ultimatum to its five members, alleging that they were responsible for distributing to students the book “642 Things to Write” with pornographic content for the course called “Writing in the Liberal Arts II.
“I’ve spoken to a judge this evening and she’s already confirmed that. So, I’m going to give you a simple choice: either choose to resign from this board of education or you will be charged,” Shubert said.
As alleged by parents, the book contained inappropriate writing prompts, such as asking the student to “write a sex scene that you wouldn’t show your mom” and another that said to “rewrite the sex scene above into one that you would let your mom read.”
Other messages asked the student to create “an X-rated Disney scenario,” write about “a room full of people who want to sleep together,” and there were even prompts that talked about murder, drug use, and suicide.
One of the parents, a police officer who spoke during the meeting, called on the school to install cameras in the classrooms because he said, “you have our kids all day long and we don’t know what’s going on in the classrooms.”
“I demand that there be cameras in classrooms as a matter of public record that we can pull and view what is being taught to our kids and what is being said to our kids,” he added, as quoted by the Cleveland media outlet.
Another parent who spoke at the meeting said the material amounted to “sexual harassment.”
Meanwhile, Phil Herman, the superintendent of Hudson City Schools, noted in a statement that “at no time were these inappropriate writing prompts assigned as part of the class,” and said an investigation was underway to determine how these reading materials were approved.
“The district immediately determined this writing resource should not be in the hands of our students, and on Monday, collected the books from the students enrolled in the course,” Herman said, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
During the meeting, Brian Wilch, the school’s principal, apologized for not reviewing the material for that course with due diligence. “We feel very badly. At no time were these inappropriate prompts selected or discussed, but they were still there and visible, and you can’t unsee them,” Wilch said.
The mayor said he expects all five members to resign before the end of the month.
It is not yet clear whether the board could be held criminally liable for the material used in the class mentioned above.
But despite the apologies and justifications, parents accused the board of attempting to “sexualize” their children, questioning the fact how it was possible that “pure obscenity” had “slipped” past the control of educators and board members for years.