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Lawmaker Proposes Legislation Requiring Schools To Inform Parents If Child Is Engaging In Homosexual Activity

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — A Republican lawmaker is proposing legislation that would require schools to inform a student’s parents if the child is engaging in homosexual activity.

Under the measure sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville, a school counselor, nurse or principal can inform parents if their children’s “circumstances present immediate and urgent safety issues involving human sexuality.”

Campfield told reporters on Wednesday that he considers the “act of homosexuality” to be dangerous to a child.

“Being gay is not a dangerous activity,” Campfield said, according to The Tennessean. “The act of homosexuality is very dangerous to someone’s health and safety.”

The “Classroom Protection Act” measure is part of a similar proposal, known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by opponents, that Campfield passed in the Senate in 2011, but the companion bill failed in the House last year.

The proposal would ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students.

Campfield says the current legislation has a House sponsor and he’s optimistic about its passage.

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