Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Law criminalizes parents of outspoken kids

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:
Monona parents whose children repeatedly bully others can now be ticketed by police and fined in municipal court.

The approach, part of a broader anti-bullying ordinance passed May 20 by the Monona City Council, appears to break new ground in the national effort to reduce harassment and emotional abuse among young people. ...

“I think it’s fantastic,” said Jason Burns, executive director of Equality Wisconsin, a Milwaukee nonprofit organization that works on bullying prevention in schools. “It forces parents to be more involved in their child’s life, if they’re not already.”
Equality Wisconsin is an LGBT advocacy organization. When they say "works on bullying prevention", they mean working on promoting LGBT lifestyles and forcing everyone to approve of their morals, with criminal penalties.

Anti-bullying is a big fad in the schools and elsewhere. The main purpose is to stifle hetero-normative language, and to tell small kids that it is okay to grow up to be LGBTQIA.

Volokh trashes this law, and drew comments like these:
It also sounds like it was written by someone who doesn't have kids. A parent telling their kid to not do something guarantees that the kid will never take that action, correct? And when the kid (inevitably) ignores his parents, they get charged?

I can see it now... 'raise my allowance or I'll go yell at the minority kid next door'... or something like that.

Doesn't even have to be "the minority kid"; sounds like there's liability if Junior goes next door and simply calls any kid next door a "block-head", or says "Aw, my ol' man could beat up your ol' man, with a hand tied behind his back..." (This would be the "Spanky McFarlin Rule" of offensive speech....)
This law is a terrible idea. There is no objective definition of emotional abuse, or any consensus that it is harmful, or any practical way to stop it.

In case someone accuses me of gay-bashing again, I have no objection to what consenting adults do in private. I do object to school policies that promote LGBTQIA lifestyles to kids, to laws against free speech, to micro-managing parents, and to authorities having broad discretion to punish people they don't like.

Wisconsin is the same state with a transgender school day:
Students celebrating spirit week at Tippecanoe School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, caused controversy with Friday's Gender Bender Day theme.

Members of the Student Council decided on the costume theme calling for boys to dress like girls and girls to dress like boys.

Milwaukee Public Schools said participation was 100 percent voluntary, but changed the theme to Switch It Up Day after parental complaints. Fox affiliate WITI reports a chilling effect on students, who didn't dress up, with mostly teachers and staff members showing the Switch It Up spirit.

“I think it’s just teaching them the wrong lesson about gender," said one boy's father, who didn't want to be identified. "If you’re a boy, stay a boy. You shouldn’t have something like that at school," he said.

A parent should not be afraid to identify himself just for expressing the opinion that a boy can stay a boy. He is probably worried that someday he will be prosecuted for emotional abuse against LGBTQIA kids, and CPS will threaten to take his kids away or send him to re-education camp.


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Anonymous said...

What we need is state-executed corporal punishment for kids. AKA: caning bullies.