Lawmaker from Texas: Teachers should out LGBT pupils to their families

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State Senator Konni Burton has filed a bill according to which the school employees who know that there are gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans pupils in their classes must be legally forced to inform the pupils’ families about the sexuality and gender identity of their kids.

The bill says that parents would be entitled to “any general knowledge regarding the parent’s child possessed by an employee of the district.” If a teacher or any other staff member hides the information about pupils’ sexuality from their family members, it could be considered as a disciplinary crime, punished by fine or even job rejection. It is necessary to admit that Texas is a conservative state where children rarely come out to their parents due to the risk of being disowned or abused.

Posting on her website, Republican Burton wrote of SB 242: “I am planning to file a bill that rewrites these provisions to make it unequivocally clear that a parent has a right to full and total information on their child’s academic performance, physical, mental and emotional health, and more. “Further, my legislation will make it expressly against state law for a district to adopt policies designed to undermine a parent’s right to know. No parent in Texas should ever have to fight for the basic right to matter in their child’s life again.”

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