And we wonder why the incidents of LGBT teen suicides areso high. Tennessee State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville; link is to his contact page), is behind a bill, SB49, that would prohibit teachers from discussing the topic of homosexuality with K-8th grade students. It’s known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Opponents contend that the bill would prohibit teachers from counseling students who may be struggling with homosexuality and preventing any type of bullying that is associated with it. They believe it could increase the suicide rate of gay teens.
“The only people who are against it are those who have the goal of pushing that agenda on very young children, so I don’t think it’s controversial to say, ‘We’re not going to talk about it. We’re going to leave it to the families to decide,’” said Campfield.
On the bill specifics, it calls for the state’s Board of Education to
complete a study on whether homosexuality is being discussed in classrooms from kindergarten through 12th grade. After the study is completed, the bill declares, the “Board of Education shall adopt as part of its curriculum frameworks and standards for sex education the following: No public elementary or middle school shall provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.”
The Tennesee House can’t pass companion legislation until it receives approval by the House Education Subcommittee, which is now closed for the year.
More on Campfield’s extremism. He has sponsored legislation to, among other things:
issue death certificates for aborted fetuses, to force women to look at fetal ultrasound images before having an abortion; for the right to carry guns onto college campuses; to eliminate the state’s pre-kindergarten programs.