Mass. Principal Under Fire for Touting Her Racy Novel

She talked book up to schoolteacher, administrators
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2009 1:31 PM CDT
The principal of an elementary and middle school in Boston has been removed from her job after she was found pushing her steamy romance novel on schoolteachers.   (Shutter stock)

(Newser) – A Boston-area grade school principal is on indefinite leave following complaints that she peddled her steamy romance novel on school grounds and reassigned a teacher who criticized her self-promoting ways, the Globe reports. Beth Gannon's self-published book, which follows an engaged woman who reconnects with a past lover, is "pretty racy stuff," said one school committee member.

"The words were barely out of her mouth when Jake laced his fingers into Lila's hair, pulled her toward him and started to kiss her. At first gentle and soft, then stronger until she was..." reads one passage. The controversy is only the latest for the Lawrence school district, where one worker conducted 400 unauthorized background checks and a high school principal failed to report underage drinking.