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Inside the Right’s Plan to Rebrand Sex Ed as ‘Child Porn’

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As the mayor of Hudson, Ohio, Craig Shubert doesn’t have the power to prosecute anybody. But that didn’t stop him from delivering a hefty ultimatum to school board members at a Sept. 13 meeting: either they could resign en masse, or they could all face child pornography charges.

Despite what Shubert claimed, Hudson’s school board hasn’t been distributing child pornography. Instead, he was threatening to prosecute them over 642 Things to Write About, a book of writing prompts distributed to some Hudson high school students in a college-level course that required a parental permission slip. Prompts like “Write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom,” according to Shubert, merited the child porn charges.

“It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom,” Shubert said, to applause from the meeting’s audience. “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.”

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