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Bullying bill update

For the umpteenth time, the House Education Committee debated the school bullying bill this morning. As usual, the opponents were ready with their regular litany of wild and crazy claims.

House Minority Leader Paul Stam dusted off one of his perennial favorites — namely, that if we spell out the language “sexual orientation” in the law that we will be providing special protection to, among others, pedophiles.

Rep. Pat McElraft (at right) however, probably won the prize for the most notable lowlight of the morning when she asked whether it would be “bullying” under the bill for students to laugh at a male teacher who came to school dressed as a woman, “wearing a dress and high heels.”

Seriously, who thinks this stuff up? Do these people lay awake at night dreaming up these scenarios?

FYI, the Committee ran out of time and didn’t vote. The group will apparently get back together on Thursday.

2 Comments

  1. IBXer

    May 27, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Far more people get bullied for being poor than for being gay. Why don’t we criminalize children who bully other kids for having cheap shoes, too?

  2. Rob Schofield

    May 27, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Dude, I know this is a radical concept, but try reading the bill. Page 2, lines 30-35.