Outspoken parent Amy Boldt K has demanded that Milford High School fire a 10th grade teacher who required students to read aloud passeges from ‘In the Time of Butterflies’, which she says is filled with ‘sex and wickedness’
A group of furious Ohio parents want a high school teacher fired after their children were given a historical book to read, which they claim is filled with ‘sex and wickedness’.
The 10th grade students at Milford High School, in Milford, were required to read passages of ‘In The Time of Butterflies’ by Julia Alvarez aloud in class, according to one parent.
The book is a fictional account of the Dominican Republic’s Trujillo dictatorship in the 1960s, and follows the Mirabel sisters. The novel was adapted into a film in 2001, and was rated PG-13.
In a Facebook post, irate parent Amy Boldt K wrote: ‘THIS CONTENT IS EXPLICIT! Our 10th graders are being forced to read this pornography in school! I am disgusted beyond words.
Boldt told parents, who were just as appalled as she was, to contact the principal. She also demanded that the teacher be removed from the school.
She also posted an excerpt of the book, which includes the female protagonists being sexually assaulted, and another girl banding her breasts to keep them from growing, out of fear it would bring unwanted attention from men.
‘This is only a small content of the book [sic],’ Boldt wrote. ‘Are you concerned yet, parents?? Time for action.’
An exterior photo of Milford High School. Furious parents want a 10th grade teacher, who was not named, fired for asking children to read ‘In The Time of Butterflies’
‘In The Time of Butterflies,’ written by Julia Alvarez is a fictional account of the Mirabel sisters and their opposition during Trujillo’s dictatorship set in the Dominican Republic during the 1960s
Boltd’s post garnered mixed reaction with some furious like she was, while others showed support for the school and calling out those ridiculing parents to stay more on top of their kids.
Darba Bowers said: ‘This requires immediate corrective action! You don’t have to have a child in school to protest. Your taxes support our public schools!’
Ro Wilson said: ‘Wow! That was rated R I can see why kids would be uncomfortable to read this! Wtf.’
America Mink said, in part: ‘This material is not okay on many levels for 10th graders. Let them be kids for as long as they can. Some of those same kids could be dealing with that horror.’
Other parents were supportive of the teacher, with Patty Carlson writing: ‘The reading list was provided, parents did not check out what books their kids were going to read and now want to blame teachers, administrators and school board. Sounds like it was transparent to me. Read the books parents! Discuss them with your child.’
Jena M. Thacker, another parent in support of the school said: ‘The English teachers at Milford High School have always responded nicely when I have contacted them about the reading material for a class. My children have never been penalized or punished because I expressed concern. In fact, they were very agreeable and lenient. I’m sorry to hear this happened to that parent. Please act with grace and kindness, however, reaching out to the grade level administrator if your concern is not received well.’
On Tuesday, Krista M. Boyle, a Milford Exempted Village Schools spokesperson told the DailyMail.com that the committee is currently reading the book and plans to complete its review by Friday.
‘The district administrators recently received a request for reconsideration of the novel used in 10th grade English language arts. Any time the district would receive such a request, the district follows Board Policy KLB, which calls for the Superintendent to convene a review committee,’ Boyle said. ‘The committee is composed of seven members, a mix of teachers, administrators and parents.’
She added that the book, ‘In the Time of the Butterflies’ was published in 1994 and was part of the board curriculum adoption in 2014-2015. She explained that since that time Milford teachers have been working from those documents and are utilizing the district-adopted materials.
She told the DailyMail.com that parents and guardians always have the right to choose an alternative text, as outlined in the same KLB policy, should they so choose.
The alternate reading options were: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, A Separate Peace, or Station Eleven.
In Boldt’s initial Facebook post, she also referenced how the president of neighboring schools district’s longtime president, John Gray, resigned after allegations were made that he appeared in a child sex sting video.
Gray, who resigned last month, has not been charged. However, local news station WLWT reported that he is the focus of two criminal investigations.