“It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom,” Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert told the Hudson Board of Education during a meeting on Monday.
“I’ve spoken to a judge this evening. She’s already confirmed that. So I’m going to give you a simple choice: You either choose to resign from this board of education or you will be charged,” Shubert added, which was met with cheers from the audience.
Shubert’s comments came in response to writing prompts found in a book called “642 Things to Write About,” which had been distributed to some high school students who were taking a college credit course.
The material included asking students to “write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom,” “rewrite the sex scene from above into one that you’d let your mom read,” and another prompt asking students to drink a beer and describe how it tastes, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
The material set off a firestorm from parents, including speakers who also attended the board meeting and called the prompts, “disgusting” and a form of “grooming.”
Hudson City Schools Superintendent Phil Herman called the material “inappropriate and offensive writing prompts” in a prepared statement and said the books were pulled from schools on Monday.
“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. “It is important to note that at no time were any of these inappropriate writing prompts assigned as part of the class.”
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