Ohio Mayor Says It's a Slippery Slope From Ice Fishing to Prostitution
Mayor Craig Shubert of Hudson, Ohio, made his comments at a council meeting this week during a discussion about the safety and liability issues that might arise if the city allows ice fishing at Hudson Springs Park.
"If you open this up to ice fishing, which while on the surface, it sounds good, then what happens next year? Does somebody come back and say, 'I want an ice shanty in Hudson Springs Park for X amount of time?'" Shubert asked. "And if you then allow ice fishing with shanties, then that leads to another problem: prostitution. And now you have the police chief of the police department involved. Just some data points to consider."
It's unclear why Shubert thought the shanties would lead to prostitution. [...]
Video of Shubert's comments have since gone viral. It has also drawn attention to his past statements accusing a local school board of peddling "pornographic content." [...]
In September 2021, Shubert accused the Hudson City School District board of allowing students in a high school senior-level college credit writing class use of a book titled 642 Things to Write About, which contained two sexual writing prompts. One prompt suggested writing a parent-friendly version of "a sex scene you wouldn't show your mom" and another said to "describe your favorite part of a man's body using only verbs." Neither prompt was assigned to students.
"Your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom," Shubert told the school board's members, according to WEWS-TV. "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."
Prosecutors determined the assignments weren't child pornography, no charges were filed and no board members resigned, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.