Ohio Mayor urges faculty boards to resign over stylish typing
The Mayor of Hudson, Ohio is calling for the entire Board of Education to resign after high school graduates are assigned a controversial book of writing assignments asking them to describe sexual experiences, impersonate serial killers, and taste describe beer.
“I noticed that your educators are essentially distributing child pornography in the classroom,” Mayor Craig Shubert said at a board meeting on Monday.
“I spoke to a judge tonight and she has already confirmed it. I will give you one simple choice: either resign from this education authority or you will be charged,” the mayor continued.
It is not clear what allegations the board members could face. David Zuro, the chairman of the board of directors, said Wednesday that no member had indicated their intention to step down.
“While we respect the position of mayor in the city of Hudson under Ohio state law, oversight of the district’s public schools is the responsibility of the education committee,” Zuro said in a statement.
The contract that sparked the mayor’s violent reaction was a book, entitled “642 Things To Write About,” which was given to seniors attending a college credit course at Hudson High School.
The book includes prompts such as “Write a sermon for a loved preacher who has been involved in a sex scandal,” “Use verbs to describe your favorite part of a man’s body,” “Choose how you will die,” and “Write an X-rated.” Disney scenario, “according to Cleveland.com.
Other prompts asked students to “write a sex scene that you would not show your mother” and then “rewrite the sex scene from above into one that you would have your mother read to you”. It also asked students to have a beer and “write about the taste” and list which TV shows would be on their DVR list if they were serial killers.
The book also contained less provocative prompts like describing the worst Thanksgiving dish or writing about the perfect day as an astronaut.
The newspaper received some of the solicitations from Monica Havens, a parent whose daughter received the book.
“I asked my daughter if she had read a book with inappropriate content and she said yes,” Havens told the newspaper that some of the requests were “awful”.
“I can’t even take care of a teacher, I don’t care if it’s for college credits, those are minors,” she said.
The school’s principal, Brian Wilch, said at the board meeting that the school learned of the announcements last Friday.
“We have not exercised due diligence in reviewing this resource and have therefore overlooked several write prompts among the 642 that are not appropriate for our high school audience,” he said at the meeting.
“We feel terrible. At no time have these inappropriate requests been selected or discussed, but they were still there and they were visible and cannot be hidden. We apologized today to our students’ parents for this oversight.”
The headmaster said the school was in the process of picking up the book from the students.