The Classroom Snitch Act?
Everyone knew it was coming. It’s widely known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, and I’ve often said that I will be covering this bill until the day I retire. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Stacey Campfield, prefers the “Classroom Protection Act”. Based on the new language in the bill, some believe it should maybe be called the “Classroom Snitch Act”.
So what’s new with the DSG bill? Well, it does address one common complaint with the other Don’t Say Gay bills. Opponents have been worried in the past that the bill would mean that students who were being bullied or thinking of committing suicide over their sexuality wouldn’t be able to confide in teachers and counselors. This bill allows counselors and such to talk to students about these issues. However, unless the child’s health or safety is being threatened by a parent, the current bill would require counselors to report the conversations back to the parent or guardian. Hence, the new name and the new concerns. The Tennessee Equality Project believes this is the worst version of the bill yet.
Campfield is fed up with the moniker “Don’t Say Gay” for the bill. I told him that another possibility that had been mentioned was the “Classroom Snitch Act”. He thought about it for a few minutes, and said he thinks he likes that better. Too bad old habits die hard.
Quick update: I made an update to clarify that the only exception for not telling a parent is if the child’s safety is at risk from the parent. Reading over the post again, I didn’t feel like that was clear enough.