By Justina Patch
A bill has been passed in Tennessee that prohibits public school teachers from talking about homosexuality and LGBT issues until the students are in ninth grade. Also this bill makes it so only natural human reproduction science can be taught in public schools. Supporters believe that this will allow them to control when and how their children learn about LGBT issues. One of the main arguments being that elementary and middle school students should not learn about homosexuals because they do not reproduce naturally.
I completely understand that some people have different viewpoints regarding the gay community but we are later going to be increasing the harassment and suicide rate of this community if everyone isn’t educated. Change.org posted that education is necessary to decrease suicide and bullying.
If a child is experiencing issues relating to their sexual orientation or identity, they would be unable to discuss those issues with the adults who are supervising and teaching them. Early detection of the signs of depression can help prevent suicides among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
Schools are meant for education, so I think if done appropriately, education can be given to younger children about homosexuality. Without this education, the student that has homosexual feelings will feel like an outsider or that something is wrong with them. This also allows students outside of the gay community to think negatively of them because of poor education. Students should be free to have questions about anything and those answers should not be taken away from them.