Congress Considers Politicized Bullying Bill

Legislation would require schools to create special categories for 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity.'

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a so-called bullying bill that would require public schools to spell out special categories in their discipline policies, including "sexual orientation" and "gender identity."

Family advocates say it will pave the way for a pro-homosexual, adult-driven agenda in public schools.

The name of the bill is Safe Schools Improvement Act.

Focus on the Family's Education Analyst Candi Cushman explained that there is a way to deal with the issue in a fair and objective way, without sexualizing and politicizing the school environment.

"We recognize that bullying and the harm it causes in the lives of kids is tragic and shouldn't be allowed to happen," Cushman said. "We agree schools should be encouraged to have strong policies prohibiting bullying—applied equally and across the board, against any child for any reason."

She said parents need to keep a close watch on the progress of the bill, because if it passes, it could be used to undermine parental rights and local control.

"People need to realize that gay activists will use this federal mandate as the leverage they need to get promotion of homosexuality into public schools," Cushman cautioned.

Jeremiah Dys, president of The Family Policy Council of West Virginia, said the bill's language is taking the focus off of the real problem.

"A bully is a bully because he's a bully, not because of who he bullies," Dys said. "The rules ought to be enforced against the bullies regardless of who they're bullying or what actions he takes."

"Bullying is a situation which has been with us for as long as we've had schools and does need to be addressed, but by the schools and not Congress. Moreover, to afford someone special protection simply based upon ones 'gender identity' or 'sexual preference' flies in the face of our Constitution" says Scott Shepherd, President & General Counsel of TheWordOut.Net.

The bill goes to a committee vote as the next step in the process.

Please contact your representative and urge him or her to vote NO on the Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2009 unless it equally protects all students from bullying and doesn't spell-out political categories like sexual orientation and gender identity.

Thank you from your friends at TheWordOut.Net.