By Alessio Tummolillo
A bill has been introduced to the Tennessee state senate that would require teachers and counselors to tell guardians if their children are gay.
The legislation was proposed by state senator Stacey Campfield, who proposed an earlier bill nicknamed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill that banned the discussion of homosexuality in sexual education classes before the 8th grade. The original version of the bill passed the state senate, but then fell through in the house once lawmakers realized there were no sexual education classes until after 8th grade, making the bill essentially null and void.
This newly revamped version of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, actually titled the “Classroom Protection Act,” adds the stipulation that counselors and teachers are required to tell guardians that their children are gay, should this be the case.
The bill, SB0234, reads:
Parents or legal guardians of students who receive such counseling shall be notified as soon as practicable that such counseling has occurred; or Any school counselor, nurse, principal or assistant principal from responding appropriately to a student whose circumstances present immediate and urgent safety issues involving human sexuality. Parents or legal guardians of such students shall be notified as soon as practicable of the circumstances requiring intervention; provided, notice shall not be given to any parent or legal guardian if there is reasonable cause to believe that the parent or legal guardian may be the perpetrator or in any way responsible for sexual abuse of the student.
The original section of the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation concerning the sexual education of children younger than 8th grade is still in the bill.