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    F#$@ing stupid. I knew I was gay since I was small. My first crush was on a girl. This is just so stupid. Now what about one that says don't say divorce/abuse/rape. Or just make iy simple and call it life is perfect. Just worry about teaching!
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    Usually a teacher will tell a parent if their child is showing signs of sexual activity. For parents of heterosexual kids this would be considered hurtful or destructive behavior because they are too young. Not sure why it's different for "gay" kids. 
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    @hwyangel holy crud finally someone that read the bill and understood it. SEX for little kids is harmful hetro or otherwise. Those saying the bill says teachers tell parents if they think the child is just acting gay aren't reading the bill.
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    @cleverusername

    Most school councilors wouldn't know how to council someone that is gay so it makes more sense just to tell the parents.
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    @hwyangel
    Expressions of love are not inappropriate for children, just expressions of sexuality.
    It's commonsense that they'll tell them about it if they're really that serious at that young of an age. And finding that doesn't mean you must "discuss homosexuality" with the child, just that you'd have to discuss sexuality and that that is not appropriate at their age just like you would if you found them in a heterosexual situation.
    This bill would have them telling parents if kids so much as hold hands or kiss each other on the cheek. When I was a kid two students, a boy and a girl held a fake marriage ceremony on the playground. This bill would require the teachers to treat this as a problem if the same thing happened with two same-sex students.
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    Who spiked the water in the state house in Tn with dumb Kool aid.
    Last night they wanted to cut the "entitlement" granted a welfare mother of 2 from a generous $165 by $60.00 for poor scholastic performance. Duhh don't they have any concept of what being parent is or a parent having a gay child
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    @martydotcom I was gonna say just what you said....I'm embarrassed...I live in this backwoods, hilly billy, toothless state! <Head hanging>
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    No teacher taught me about homosexuality but I knew it existed in 6th grade. God forbid these teachers tell the parents of a gay or lesbian kid.

    Teenagers who are gay or lesbian are far more likely to become depressed and have higher rates of suicide attempts. Gays and lesbians make up up to 40% of homeless teenagers - after being kicked out of their homes or rejected by their communities.

    So what, Tennessee wants to stack the deck against them? They cannot have it both ways - wanting the parents to teach their kids about it, but interfering if they find out themselves. All it becomes is a witch hunt, and the only people that get hurt are these adolescents with nowhere to go.
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    This is no different from the other insane Tennessee anti-homosexual laws. Remember a few years ago when a county made a law that Homosexuals couldn't live there? Intense bigotry can only be cured by education and time. The incredible insane bigots will have their voice until they are replaced by an educated informed younger generation. In 50 years there will be bigots but they'll be more specialized and less relevant. We will have people that hate blue eyed checkout girls but there just won't be many of them at the meetings and they wont get any laws passed.
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    Christ, just hand each kid a gun and a bullet; I can't think of a worse school policy in terms of closeted kids. Unless those teachers ae having sex with the kids, they can't know for certain if the kid is gay. Nor shoulf teachers be informants against the kids.
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    Senator Stacey Campfield , another right wing fanatic or the republican party has spoken. Hitler would be proud!
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    Sounds good I hope it passes. Good for them!

    Tell me again why it is wrong to inform a parent that their CHILD is or may by engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well- being of the student or another person. Please tell me as well why it IS necessary to discuss unnatural sex with CHILDREN?

    "At grade levels pre-K through eight (pre-K-8), any such classroom instruction, course materials or other informational resources that are inconsistent with natural human reproduction shall be classified as inappropriate for the intended student audience and, therefore, shall be prohibited."
    "School counselors, nurses, principals and assistant principals can talk to students about human sexuality if a student is "engaging in, or may be at risk of engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well- being of the student or another person," according to the bill. However, the measure provides that "Parents or legal guardians of such students shall be notified as soon as practicable of the circumstances requiring intervention."
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    Maybe because being gay isnt "injurious to the physical or mental health and well- being of the student or another person." Numb nuts.
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    @cleverusername Are you kidding? First, read the title of the artical.

    Now read your quote "Sounds good I hope it passes. Good for them!"

    Followed by " Tell me again why it is wrong to inform a parent that their CHILD is or may by engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well- being of the student or another person."
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    @Gtiallday the title of he article? Really? I read the bill I don't care about politixmary's biased side and how she words it wrongly.
    Again why are you quoting what I said I know what I said and I stand by it .politixmary and this story by her is worded wrong out of bias or just a flat out lie on purpose either way it is BS.
    So one again....where exactly does it say being gay is? it does not. Not at all. Numb nuts!
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    This crap is going to get so bad across the nation, we are all going to wish they would go back to don't ask,don't tell.
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    This is one of many BULLSHIT reasons good people steer away from teaching. Teachers should not be legally mandated to be cops, social workers, or sex therapists. Let teachers teach you buttinskis!
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    Is sexual orientation really an integral part of the educational process? Pushing reality under the carpet is pretty amusing.
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    My God,if any parent couldn't tell their kid is gay, they are not paying much attention or not taking much interest in their kid while they were growing up. I have called it on many when they were young and only wrong once,Maybe.
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    "behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well-being of the student or another person" So when the first lady wants kids to eat healthier lunches she's a nazi liberal propaganda devil out to destroy the snack food industry and end capitalism. However, a school principal is now able to make calls on the mental health and well being of your kids without any training to save them from being gay. Nice one Tennessee. It's hard to make Alabama look progressive but you guys are willing to try.
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    Are the schools going to teach about all the negative sides of homosexuality in sex education classes,and stop calling what happens between two men "sex" the rectum is not a sex organ.
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    yep and that is exactly what the bill says. The various ways of having sex is not something teachers need to be worrying about with little kids.
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    How will the teachers know? Until someone becomes sexually active how will anyone know? Are the kids in Tennessee more sexually active?
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    if so then shouldn't it be deemed harmful? children having sex? I think so. The bill doesn't say if a child is acting gay report it to the parent. Not at all. so where all these peol,e are getting this besides their imagination is beyond me.
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    Some of the bill makes sense. Teaching about reproduction isn't something that requires teaching about other forms of sex. The fact is, reproduction is something that happens between male and female. You can't change basic nature, it is what it is.
    I'm not condoning Gay hatred, nor am I personally offended by Gay men or women. When discussing Gay marriage, my stance is simple: The Federal Government shouldn't legislate marriage, for or against. I think DOMA should cease to exist personally.
    The other part of the bill, the "teachers telling parents" part I can't really say much on. If the parents know already, or if they don't there is a reason. And its likely due to the reaction they would have about their child being gay. I don't think a teacher should really intrude in that area of parenting either for the child or for the parents.
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