If you coerced your friend’s child into writing you a dirty letter, and the parents found out, what do you suppose would happen?
A school board in Ohio is finding that out the hard way, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The mayor of Hudson, Ohio and various Hudson High School parents are calling for the resignation of school board members and teachers after students in a writing class were found to be using a book of writing prompts on topics that were beyond racy.
Monica Havens, a former teacher and the mother of a high school senior who brought home the 642 Things to Write About book, shared some prompts from the book at a Sept. 13 school board meeting. Along with prompts dealing with murder, drugs and suicide were some creepily sexual ones:
- Describe your favorite part of a man’s body using only verbs.
- 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.
- You have just been caught in bed by a jealous spouse. How will you talk your way out of this?
- Write a sermon for a beloved preacher who has been caught in a sex scandal.
- Describe a time when you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t.
- Ten euphemisms for sex.
- Write an X-rated Disney scenario.
- A roomful of people who want to sleep together.
- The first time you had sex
The mayor of Hudson, Craig Shubert, announced to the board at the same meeting:
“It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom. 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.”
Havens said she heard about the highly inappropriate book from a friend, then asked her daughter if she had been reading such a book. When the reply was “yes,” she asked her daughter to get the book from her backpack and started finding the “horrific” prompts.
“I don’t care if it’s for college credit, these are minors,” Havens said.
Erik Dirker, a police officer with the city of Stow, Ohio, demanded cameras in school classrooms at the board meeting. “Police officers wear body cameras to monitor their behavior, and they have brief interactions with the public. You guys have our kids all day and we don’t know what’s going on in the classrooms,” he said.
Hudson High School Principal Brian Wilch went into bland-administrator mode, saying: “There are times we need to take a step back, reflect and get better. … We did not exercise our due diligence when we reviewed this resource and we overlooked several prompts that were not appropriate. We felt terrible — you can’t unsee [the writing prompts],” he said at the meeting.
Parents managed not to overlook the prompts. How did trained high school teachers and administrators not notice them?