Concerned parent arrested for speaking out of turn at N.H. school board meeting

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A concerned parent in New Hampshire was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct Monday after he voiced his concerns at a school board meeting and went over the two-minute mark.

Parents at a meeting in Gilford were protesting the book “Nineteen Minutes” by New Hampshire author Jodi Picoult, which reportedly includes a graphic sex scene.

“I’ve never read anything like this,” William Baer told a local ABC affiliate. “It’s like the transcript for a triple-X-rated movie.”

Mr. Baer called the board’s two-minute rule insulting.

“It was basically, you make a statement, say what you want and sit down,” he said. “Sit down and shut up, basically, and that’s not how you interact with adults.”

Video of the incident showsMr. Baer speaking out of turn, before being quickly approached by a police officer. An agitated Mr. Baer stays seated and tells the officer, “You’re going to have to arrest me.” The officer then reaches for Mr. Baer, who calmly and willfully stands up and lets himself be escorted out of the room.

The father was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, which he intends to fight, the news station reported. If convicted, he could be fined up to $1,200.

“He spoke out of order,” said Lt. James Leach. “Someone else was given the floor and was speaking. He interrupted them and continued after being asked to stop. He was then asked to leave and refused to leave unless he was arrested, so he was arrested.”

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