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Friday, February 08, 2013

Why is this so hard to understand?

Sadly, what is portrayed in the media or by those with an agenda is not always the truthful or the full story. Here is the actual wording of the bill that some have had questions with. Again we are not talking about adults or even young adults. We are talking about little children.

"(2) 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; or

(3) 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."

I doubt anyone, thinks that an issue for a little child who is engaging in activity that is an "urgent safety issue" and "engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well- being of the student or another person;" should be kept a secret from the parents. If a child is being sexually abused or is abusing another child I think the parents need to be involved.

If you would like to read the actual entire bill it can be found here.



  1. Senator Campfield, we've been watching your interview on the Channel 10 website. You did such a beautiful job! We are so very proud of you! You are so strong, they don't seem to be able to intimidate you or shake you up. Please know how much we believe in you and support you!

  2. Here's the thing, sexuality is a natural thing for kids to be curious about. I don't know a little girl who didn't first explore sex with her barbies... Long before her parents ever talked to her about sex. I don't know a single kid who didn't play doctor or house. Hell, when I was a kid, the girl down the street and I played house all the time. Neither one of us was forcing the other, we were both simply exploring something we were naturally curious about. We're both in happy heterosexual relationships now.

  3. I'm glad you finally clarified that your bill would not mandate education professionals to "out" children to their parents.

    Tom Cogburn

  4. Why is it so hard for you to understand that a same sex relationship can be just as beautiful and healthy or tragic and damaging as a heterosexual relationship?

  5. I'm just happy that in the Knoxville News Sentinel you finally, once and for all, and clearly stated that teachers, counselors and other education professionals ARE NOT required by your bill to inform parents if a kid/preteen/teen verbalizes that he/she experiences same-gender attractions.

    Folks don't like the other aspect of your bill--the one that forbids a teacher, counselor, or other education professional from discussing homosexuality in the classroom, unless a student raises the issue first.

    Each day Tennessee kids see lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender friends, relatives, etc.

    Why do you believe that you can stifle the reality of our existence?

    Even if your bill passes, it will still be widely discussed in schools.

    LGBT youth are coming to terms with their same-gender attractions earlier now than ever before.

    And whether you want to argue that homosexuality is related to nature or nurture, the reality is that we exist; we have always existed; and we will continue to exist.

    It's ridiculous to try to hide it from kids.

    The LGBT community has NEVER been interested in attempting to "recruit" people or change a person's orientation.

    We would, however, like to see an atmosphere of acceptance in schools, so that LGBT youth don't feel the need to hide and internalize hatred, confusion and fear of their orientation.


  6. Stacey,

    On KnoxNews.com you commented that your bill would prohibit teachers from being able to call homosexuals "dirty", "sinful", or "deadly".

    Diana Medley, a special education teacher in Sullivan Indiana has done pretty much that http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/teacher-says-gays-have-no-purpose-in-life-wants-lgbt-kids-banned-from-prom/discrimination/2013/02/11/60218

    And the community is dealing with it in its own way. She has some supporters, but the story is going around the country. People are weighing in on both sides.

    My guess is that she will be disciplined in some way. She's brought an awful lot of negative attention to the school and the district; not to mention bringing religion into the classroom.

    I'm glad that their state doesn't have a "don't say gay" bill. I'm glad the issue is being discussed openly and widely.

    Tom Cogburn


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