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Tennessee lawmaker wants schools to inform parents of children’s gay activity

Posted by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Republican lawmaker is proposing legislation that would require schools to inform a student's parents if the child is engaging in homosexual activity.

Under the measure sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville, a school counselor, nurse or principal can inform parents if their children's "circumstances present immediate and urgent safety issues involving human sexuality."

Campfield told reporters on Wednesday that he considers the "act of homosexuality" to be dangerous to a child's health and safety.

The measure is part of a similar proposal, known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, that Campfield passed in the Senate in 2011, but the companion bill failed in the House last year.

The proposal would ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students.

Campfield says the current legislation has a House sponsor and he's optimistic about its passage.

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by Ruby Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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You know..

It strikes me as odd the way these ideas just spring into politians minds..

by Silver Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM
I live one town over from Knoxville. This guy is a fucking moron.
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by Silver Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM

 who figures out if it's 2 boys on a swing set together is gay or if they are just playing?

by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM


A controversial Tennessee bill that would stop teachers from discussing sexuality with their students has been resurrected in the state legislature, and the 2013 version includes a troubling new provision.

Nicknamed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield's measure would "prohibit teachers from discussing of any sexuality except heterosexuality in grades K-8."

An amendment to the re-filed bill reads, in part:

At grade levels pre-K through eight (pre-K-8), any such classroom instruction, course materials or other informational resources that are inconsistent with natural human reproduction shall be classified as inappropriate for the intended student audience and, therefore, shall be prohibited.

The proposed legislation, officially titled the "Classroom Protection Act," was not put to a final vote at the end of last year's General Assembly, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel, but one of its sponsors warned it would be re-filed if "alternative lifestyles" were being promoted in the state school system.

The bill's backers are apparently still dissatisfied with the curricula in some schools, and the measure is slated to be discussed in the Tennessee General Assembly's Education Subcommittee on Wednesday, according to the Nashville Scene.

This new incarnation of the bill retains its proposed ban on LGBT discussions in the classroom and has also added a provision that could be interpreted as forcing school authorities to inform parents if their child is gay.

School counselors, nurses, principals and assistant principals can talk to students about human sexuality if a student is "engaging in, or may be at risk of engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well- being of the student or another person," according to the bill. However, the measure provides that "Parents or legal guardians of such students shall be notified as soon as practicable of the circumstances requiring intervention."

This wording leaves a lot of leeway for teachers and authorities to determine when and if a situation requires telling parents about their child's sexuality, notes ThinkProgress. The site goes on to comment that being rejected by family members is a major cause of homelessness among LGBT youth. According to a study conducted in part by the Williams Institute, up to 40 percent of homeless teens identify as LGBT.

Meanwhile, a similar bill in Missouri was buried after causing a huge controversy last year. Steve Cookson, the Missouri legislator who sponsored the bill, is now chairman of the Missouri House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, according to the Kansas City Star.

Read the new amendment to the "Don't Say Gay Bill" here.

by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM

from what I understand the schools just don't want to reference to or speak about homosexuality at all in sex ed

class protection act

by Judy on Feb. 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM
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The only thing teachers should be discussing with these kids is reading, writing and arithmetic, etc.   They have no business discussing their sexuality with them.   That is not what they are getting paid to do.

No wonder our kids are failing, everything but the basics.

by Bronze Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 3:54 PM
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by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

....The general assembly recognizes that certain subjects are particularly sensitive and are, therefore, best explained and discussed within the home. Because of its complex societal, scientific, psychological, and historical implications, human sexuality is one such subject. Human sexuality is best understood by children with sufficient maturity to grasp its complexity and implications…

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.

In addition to requiring school officials to out students to their parents, the legislation also appears to endorse so-called conversion therapy (“counseling” in the bill’s nomenclature), in which psychologists and psychiatrists (not to mention would-be Republican presidential nominees) try to change the recipients sexual orientation.

by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 4:02 PM

what a lovely man!

Stacey Campfield: Gay Teen Suicide Is 'Biggest Lark Out There'

By On Top Magazine Staff
Published: August 24, 2012

Tennessee state Senator Stacey Campfield doesn't believe LGBT teen suicide is a problem.

“That bullying thing is the biggest lark out there … There are sexually confused children who could be pushed into a lifestyle that I don't think is appropriate with them and it's not for the norm for society, and they don't know how they can get back from that. I think a lot of times these young teens and young children, they find it very hard on themselves and unfortunately some of them commit suicide,” said Campfield.

Campfield made the comments earlier this year during an appearance on Sirius XM's The Michelangelo Signorile Show but they gained traction this week on the Internet.

Campfield, a Republican, is the chief sponsor of a bill dubbed “Don't Say Gay,” which would outlaw the discussion of sexual minorities in Tennessee's public schools before the ninth grade. The bill cleared the Senate last year but died in the House with its adjournment this year.

On The David Pakman Show, Pakman wondered: “Is it just a matter of time before Stacey Campfield is caught tapping his toes in an airport men's room? A wide stance debacle as they may now be known.”

by Silver Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM
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Will they also be required to inform parents about heterosexual activity? When the students are elementary age how is orientation determined? I'm thinking about my 7 yr old son, I don't know how anyone could prove definitively his orientation is gay or straight. If a child is having outright sexual activity in elementary school then yes, I think the parents should be notified, whether it's gay or straight.

When common sense dies where does it go? 

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