This top-down, statewide measure stems from political correctness — not protection…
By Katherine Kersten -
“Antibullying” legislation is a top priority for DFL leaders at the Capitol this year. In the last session, their bill got hung up in the Senate, and they appear determined to muscle it through this time around.
Bullying is wrong. No child should have to put up with it.
But a glance at the bill raises troubling questions. Why doesn’t it protect all children equally, instead of singling out for favored treatment children of “protected classes,” such as race, sexual orientation, and “gender identity and expression”? Why are traditional victims of bullying, like kids who are timid or viewed as nerds, invisible in this bill?
Why does the bill give the Minnesota Department of Education power to reduce or withhold state aid to districts it views as failing to create a sufficiently “positive school climate” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and for those with “gender identity and expression” issues?
Why is it likely that — under the umbrella of bullying prevention — you may soon find that your daughter is studying LGBT demographic trends and famous scientists’ sexual orientation and that your son can join the girls’ basketball team if his “gender identity” inclines him that way?