TheDes Moines Register states that the bill would:
“require public and private schools to have policies that prevent and punish bullying or harassment of any student. It specifically identifies intimidation based on age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, mental or physical ability, socioeconomic status andpolitical beliefs.”
I am also concerned about the affect that this may have on Catholic and Christian schools when they teach that homosexuality is a sin. Senator Jeff Angelo (R-Creston) one of the four who voted against this bill shares the same concern:
“If there’s a student in the classroom who is gay or who is having a sexual orientation crisis they could go home and say, ‘This was just a horrendous thing that happened in the classroom’ and I could see an attorney saying, ‘Yeah, there’s a case there.’ “
I am anti-bullying. As a youth pastor I didn’t put up with it. When I was a Dean of Students in a Christian school I did not tolerate it. I was a victim of bullying when I was growing up, and do not want to see any child have to go through that. I see this bill for what it is, special status for GLBT folks.Get in touch with your legislators and let them know this is bogus.