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Bold 14-Year-Old Girl Confronts School Board After Watching Her Dad Get Arrested for Violating Two-Minute Rule: ‘I Don’t Trust You’

Posted by on May. 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM
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Bold 14-Year-Old Girl Confronts School Board After Watching Her Dad Get Arrested for Violating Two-Minute Rule: ‘I Don’t Trust You’

Marina Baer watched her father get dragged away by a police officer after he violated the two-minute rule at a school board meeting in Gilford, New Hampshire. The dad, William Baer, was speaking out against the sexually graphic content found in a book assigned to his young daughter.

Earlier this week, 14-year-old Marina confronted the school board over the incident, telling members: “I honestly don’t feel safe around you people.”

“I just watched my father get arrested because he broke the two minute rule, at a board of education meeting,” she said. “This just shows that you resort to force at the first turn of conflict and I am appalled. So I don’t trust you.”


As BizPac Review notes, the controversial book that her dad was objecting to, “19 Minutes,” includes “graphic sexual content that culminates with: ‘Semen, sticky and hot, pooled on the carpet beneath her.’”

In a recent interview with TheBlaze, William Baer said he wasn’t “looking for a fight” but the school board left him “hurt and humiliated” after they allowed him to be arrested for going over the time limit. Baer was charged with disorderly conduct and held for a couple hours before being released on $700 bail.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do about it,” he told TheBlaze. “I think it was outrageous that I was charged for something like that — not adhering to the two-minute rule.”

The Gilford School Board later apologized for the “discomfort” the controversial book assignment caused and vowed to allow parents to “accept” material rather than “opt out.”

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VeronicaTex
by on May. 10, 2014 at 9:14 AM
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I applaud her for standing up to the school board.

This needs to be done always:  Stand up to bullies of any kind.

Veronica

btamilee
by Member on May. 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM
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I have mixed feeling about this.  Her father handled the situation the WRONG way to begin with.  He should have gone by the rules, just like everyone else in that room had to.  The rules are put in place so that things do NOT get out of control at school board meetings, and so that everyone who wants to speak will have the time to be heard.  If one person takes up someone elses allotted time, that is not fair..and in some cases that could be taken as being a bully as well (by not allowing others their time to speak).  I feel bad that this girl had to endure seeing her dad hauled away all over the news, BUT....he did bring it on himself.  He was warned that if he did not sit down and allow others to speak, the police would be called.  He refused.,.and the results were of his own making. 

AdrianneHill
by Bronze Member on May. 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM
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So the consequences were what they always had been? Why would he be so special that other people don't get to speak? I'm sure she's upset but I bet a lot of people in that town have a new respect for procedure
VeronicaTex
by on May. 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM
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I believe that there is far too much emphasis is being put on this father for his going over the two minute rule.

This topic is dear to him. I don't blame him for voicing what he felt about what the school did.

In my humble opinion what the school did IS crossing the line.

I highly support him and his daughter, as well.  

I in fact, admire her for standing up to the board.  

After what the school did, she has reasons to not feel safe.  

She trusted them.  They broke her trust.

Even the daughter knos what they did was an act of exercising in an unfair way control over another group of people.


Having been a Public School educator, I know what it is like to be at a School board meeting.  

It seems very sterile at times and without compassion for what the person speaking is trying to say.

It is a command:  "Two minutes....Cram in your thoughts in two minutes.  We heard you....Next..."

Veronica

booaura
by on May. 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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She should tell her father she doesn't trust him, since he clearly lacks self control and respect for the law and society's rules. He should have been arrested, if he can't obey rules and wait his turn, something he should have learned in kindergarten. He got what he deserved, and the girl needs to understand that, rather than trying to make an even bigger deal of out if and proving she's no different than her father, though honestly, what else could she be like? Poor girl.
booaura
by on May. 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM
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Exactly. He isn't special, and neither is she, but they're turning this into a persecution, rather than what it is: a man with no respect for rules and basic decency, who thinks he's somehow above the law.

Quoting AdrianneHill: So the consequences were what they always had been? Why would he be so special that other people don't get to speak? I'm sure she's upset but I bet a lot of people in that town have a new respect for procedure
funny_girl3
by Member on May. 10, 2014 at 10:45 AM
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Her dad was wrong.  He wasn't arrested for disagreeing with the school board, he was arrested for behaving poorly at the meeting.  If he had been under control of his emotions he could have avoided the embarrassment.

Ziva65
by Bronze Member on May. 10, 2014 at 10:47 AM
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 Exactly.

But, even that the girl had to "endure"- I don't buy it. She doesn't seem meek. The dad was inappropriate. Granted, I don't like the book, but one garners more respect and he could have been more effective had he handled it differently.

Quoting btamilee:

I have mixed feeling about this.  Her father handled the situation the WRONG way to begin with.  He should have gone by the rules, just like everyone else in that room had to.  The rules are put in place so that things do NOT get out of control at school board meetings, and so that everyone who wants to speak will have the time to be heard.  If one person takes up someone elses allotted time, that is not fair..and in some cases that could be taken as being a bully as well (by not allowing others their time to speak).  I feel bad that this girl had to endure seeing her dad hauled away all over the news, BUT....he did bring it on himself.  He was warned that if he did not sit down and allow others to speak, the police would be called.  He refused.,.and the results were of his own making. 

Exactly.  

Ms.KitKat
by Silver Member on May. 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM
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The man did not get arrested for going over his 2 minute limit.

He was arrested because he refused the police's multiple requests to remove himself after multiple requests from the BOE to STFU already.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on May. 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM
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BUMP!

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