Legislation (HB1153/SB0760) filed in the Tennessee General Assembly would allow youth to escape consequences for bullying, intimidation and harassment of fellow students while expressing their "religious, philosophical, or political views.” Such a policy would provide students and school staff a license to bully students because of race, ethnicity, sex, religious preference, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or other attributes.
Michigan State Senator Gretchen Whitmer fought hard to stop a similar "License to Bully" bill in her state. In her video above, she encourages Tennesseans to contact their elected officials to stop bad bullying policies in the Volunteer State.
Tell Tennessee lawmakers to vote no on the License to Bully bill!
Stop the "License to Bully" bill from harming Tennessee's youth
Legislation filed in the Tennessee General Assembly (HB1153/SB0760) would give students a license to bully, intimidate and harass fellow students while expressing their "religious, philosophical, or political views.” Such a policy would empower bullies and create loopholes that make schools less safe for all Tennessee students.
It's time for Tennesseans to stop using children as pawns for social, religious and political agendas. We need to be focusing on ways to ensure that Tennessee students receive an education free from bullying, harassment and intimidation.
We need to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors for students in Tennessee schools. I ask you to join us in that effort.
Vote no on the "License to Bully" bill (HB1153/SB0760). The health and welfare of Tennessee children may depend on it.