The mayor of Hudson, Ohio, is demanding the entire Hudson City School District Board of Education resign, as of Monday night.
Should they refuse, Mayor Craig Shubert is prepared to pursue criminal charges.
Why the uproar? Because the board allowed content he described as “child pornography” to become part of the school curriculum.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the explicit content in question was found amongst a list of writing prompts contained within a book called “642 Things to Write About.” The book was used in a college credit course for high school students called Writing in the Liberal Arts II.
One prompt in the book asked students to “write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom.” Another read “rewrite the sex scene from above into one that you’d let your mom read.”
Yet another prompt asked students to “drink a beer and describe how it tastes,” the outlet reported.
BREAKING: Hudson mayor demands all school board members resign or face possible criminal charges over high school course material that he said a judge called “child pornography.”
“I’m going to give you a simple choice: You either choose to resign or you will be charged.” pic.twitter.com/guhp0zc0ns
— Jenny Beth Martin (@jennybethm) September 14, 2021
After several angry parents voiced their outrage over the material, Shubert addressed the school board, the body responsible for reviewing and approving the school’s curriculum.
“It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom,” Shubert said to the board 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.”
The high school’s principal, Brian Wilch, is claiming that the board’s failure is due to negligence.
“We did not exercise due diligence when we reviewed this resource and as a result, we overlooked several writing prompts among the 642 that are not appropriate for our high school audience,” Wilch said.
“We feel terrible. At no time were any of these inappropriate prompts selected or discussed, but still they were there and they were viewable, and you can’t unsee them.”
Superintendent Phil Herman confirmed that an investigation into the district’s review and approval process is currently underway to determine “if any additional action should be taken.”