Beware of Identity Politics
Is this not more about identity politics than actual prevention of bullying? I do not want to see kids bullied by the faculty or students. I also do not want to see parents limited to nothing more than mindless machines of our common wealth. Does this not open the door for boys who identify as girls to take place and ultimately dominate in girls sports because of their bodies natural tendency to produce testosterone (science)? Does this not potentially pave the way for the common wealth to dictate to parents how their children should be raised when the parents are concerned that puberty blocking drugs may damage their children in the long run (again science)? If parents and child decide to take this direction they have every right to be treated with respect by the common wealth, if this is where this starts and ends, fine. Even though, I myself disagree with this on a personal and Spiritual level. However, in the public square no persons rights should trample another persons rights. This goes down to the basic principle of treating others they way you want to be treated. I have seen and have been bullied myself over numerous things including my Christianity. It was dealt with by my teachers or even by working with my parents and teachers. There was no need for action by the legislator. Which is why I ask, is this not more about scoring political points with identity politics than looking after the needs of our students. We all have different views and opinions and most should be respected, especially if it involves a healthy parent child relationship. In general public education families from all the different backgrounds, religious or otherwise should be respected. If this was written under more general terms and required the need for parents and faculty to work these things out together, I think you would have more backers. That includes myself. No one wants to be bullied, by students or the common wealth.