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Dems kill crackdown on teacher-student sex
Posted By Bob Unruh On 04/17/2012 @ 8:29 pm In Education,Front Page,Politics,U.S. | No Comments
Majority Democrats on a California state legislative committee have decided to kill a plan that would have cracked down on intimate relationships between school teachers and their students, prompting a pro-family organization to warn that it is just another reason for parents to pull their children from the government education industry.
Assembly Bill 1861 would have made it a felony if any teacher or employee of a public or private school “engages in a sexual relationship or inappropriate communications with a pupil.”
Those communications were defined as anything that is “sexual, lewd or lascivious in nature.”
“This is yet another reason for conscientious parents to flee the dysfunctional, immoral, and imploding government school system for church schools and home schools, which are much safer physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually,” said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com.
“Why are Democrat legislators supporting child sex abuse? Why don’t they care about children’s immature hearts and minds being immorally manipulated and sexually seduced by public school teachers,” he continued. “It is certifiably evil that this bill to protect schoolchildren’s bodies was defeated by this Democrat-controlled committee.”
It died in the Assembly Public Safety Committee, and according to the Sacramento Bee, critics worried that it would duplicate laws already on the books against sex between adults and children, and also could be used to prosecute those who text messages and exchange emails concerning various pieces of literature, such as the “Great Gatsby.”
The vote was 3-0, with one Democrat not voting and the two Republicans on the committee absent.
The proposal had been prompted by the recent case in which a student, 18-year-old Jordan Powers, moved in with a teacher, 41-year-old James Hooker. The two claimed Powers was of age, 18, before their relationship became romantic.
However, reports in the last few days indicate the couple may have split.
Kristin Olsen, a Republican member of the Assembly, from Modesto, introduced the proposal, noting in comments about the legislation that it took aim at the “growing problem where teachers, administrators, or other school employees have been engaging in sexual acts, relations or inappropriate communications like lewd text messages or sexting with their students.”
The Mercury News, reported Olsen accused her fellow lawmakers of abandoning the children.
“The committee today stood up for predators and union bosses instead of students,” she told the newspaper.
The chairman of the committee, Tom Ammiano, however, told the Bee that the state needs to protect free speech “even when we don’t like it.”
Thomasson openly questioned the use of the term “free speech” for communications that could include “sexting” messages and the like.
His organization promotes the Rescue Your Child website, which encourages parents to seek out church schools or homeschooling options for their children.
His group explains that already in California’s public schools children as young as 5th and 7th grades are told they have the “individual” and “personal” right to engage in “respectful” sexual activity with anyone as long as it is consensual and that males wear a condom.
SaveCalifornia.com is a leading West Coast nonprofit, nonpartisan organization standing for moral virtues for the common good, working on issues of marriage and family, parental rights, the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, financial freedom, and back-to-basics education.
It previously has reported on issues involving morality in public schools in California.
One recent development was the launch of the Stop SB48 coalition.
It is to seek the repeal of SB 48, described as a controversial mandate that requires positive portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in public school social studies and history classes. It has been widely criticized for shifting the focus from achievements and historical milestones to individuals’ sexuality.
SB48 is one of many sexual indoctrination laws in the law, critics said.
Others cited by Thomasson’s group:
SB 48 takes the state even a step beyond its demand that students in public schools every year honor Harvey Milk, a homosexual activist and reported sexual predator, as well as an advocate for Jim Jones, leader of the massacred hundreds in Jonestown, Guyana.
In honoring Milk, schools are advocating for the acceptance of what Milk sought: the entire homosexual, bisexual and cross-dressing agenda; a refusal to acknowledge sexually transmitted diseases spread by the behavior; his behavior as “a sexual predator of teenage boys, most of them runaways with drug problems”; advocacy for multiple sexual relationships at one time; and “lying to get ahead”; according to SaveCalifornia.com.
A 1982 biography of Milk tells of a 16-year-old named McKinley, who “was looking for some kind of father figure.”
“At 33, Milk was launching a new life, though he could hardly have imagined the unlikely direction toward which his new lover would pull him,” the book says.
It also states, “It would be to boyish-looking men in their late teens and early 20s that Milk would be attracted for the rest of his life.”
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