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TN’s New And Improved “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Requires Teachers To Out Students To Parents

stacey-campfieldTennessee state senator Stacey Campfield has reintroduced his idiotic “Don’t Say Gay” bill with a new provision that would require teachers and counselors to tell parents if their kids are gay.

In its original form, the bill prohibited the discussion of homosexuality, particularly during sex-ed classes, between kindergarten and the eighth grade. While it passed the state senate, the bill died in the house after lawmakers realized there were no sex-ed classes until after the eighth grade.

The Tennessee public school system: hard at work.

But Campfield (right) has rebounded with a new and improved bill, SB0234, that builds on “Don’t Say Gay” with “If You Gay, I Tell Parents.” The bill “would not prohibit”:

A school counselor, nurse, principal or assistant principal from counseling a student who is engaging in, or who may be at risk of engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well-being of the student or another person; provided, that wherever possible such counseling shall be done in consultation with the student’s parents or legal guardians. Parents or legal guardians of students who receive such counseling shall be notified as soon as practicable that such counseling has occurred.

Campfield just doesn’t know when to quit, much like he just doesn’t know to shut the hell up: After a rash of gay-teen suicides as a result of bullying, Campfield claimed, “That bullying thing is the biggest lark out there.”

Well, not the biggest. The fact that he became an elected official is pretty gosh darn lark-y.

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Jan 31, 2013
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  • 7 Comments
    • dkmagby
      dkmagby

      Where’s HRC when you need them. I would hope no certified school counselor or administrator would want to support this bill.

      Jan 31, 2013 at 7:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Texasteacher
      Texasteacher

      The bill assumes that all teachers are straight, that all parents are straight, and that all parents are homophobic. I’m an openly-gay high school teacher. Gays don’t out anyone unless they are harming other gays, regardless of the law. Also, let’s just look at this from a practical standpoint. As a teacher, I already meet resistance if I call parents and tell them that their kid cheated on a test or isn’t turning in homework. If a teacher called a student’s dad and told him, “I think your son is gay,” there would be an angry father at the school in seconds ready to fight the teacher. This bill doesn’t even rational.

      Jan 31, 2013 at 8:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charles175
      Charles175

      Not much has changed since the Scope’s Monkey Trials as depicted in the documentary made movie entitled “Inherit the Wind” (date 1960). As the intro song goes, Gimmie that ol time religion, gimmie that ol time religion…..” The “Don’t Say Gay” bill died because the lawmakers were so stupid as to not know that sex ed for K-6 does not even exist in the entire State. As Forrest Gump said, “Stupid says as stupid does”. And the experts say that my IQ only averages at around 80, Hmmm.

      Jan 31, 2013 at 8:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charles175
      Charles175

      @Texasteacher: Your correct. Once again creating a law without thinking.

      Jan 31, 2013 at 8:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • queerty1958
      queerty1958

      Don’t these people have a fucking life? Why must these straight people focus on something they know absolutely nothing about…being gay.

      Jan 31, 2013 at 6:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MickeyP.
      MickeyP.

      Some people are just friggen idiots! WTF will be next? I know…someone will get rid of a dog for being gay!

      Feb 1, 2013 at 2:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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