In response to the utter wrecks that are public schools in the state, particularly when it comes to the ideologies of the teachers and how those ideologies are pushed on little kids, many parents in California have taken to showing up at school board meetings to express their disapproval.
Instead of responding reasonably to those parental concerns and adjusting shool policies, priorities, and curricula to better suit the requirements of the parents, California legislators are now trying to expand a law barring parental disruption of school events to out-of-school activities, such as school board meetings.
Concerned parents in the state allege that the law at issue, SB 596, would actually legislate away the First Amendment and by making it a legally risky proposition for California parents “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” as is allowed by the First Amendment.
One such concerned parent, Nicolle Young, the Placer County Chair for Moms for Liberty, recently spoke to Fox News Digital about the bill. Ms. Young claimed it was created in response to parental disapproval of the school curricula, particularly the inclusion of sexually explicit material.
Speaking about that, she said, “596 was written because the senator who wrote the bill, in his district, there have been a lot of parents who have objected to the sexually explicit material within the curriculum. So one way that the senator decided he would fight back was [to] legislate our First Amendment out of existence.”
Continuing, she further explained the explicitly anti-Free Speech intent of the bill, saying, “This bill is designed to stifle the voice of parents who have any concerns or misgivings about curriculum, activities within the school, teachers pushing their viewpoints instead of remaining objective. It is framed as a way to protect teachers and school board members. But really, it’s going to be used as a cudgel to silence parents’ voices.
Then, giving more of an explanation to what finally set parents over the edge, Ms. Young said, “So it really infuriated a lot of parents. There was a group of Armenian and Muslim parents who were pushing back against this bill… it was framed as White, Christian, nationalist [but] it was a whole array of parents of all races and religious backgrounds.”
She also urged her fellow parents to stand up to the bill and to the nasty curricula schools are trying to push, saying, “I think more parents need to be brave. Don’t be afraid to stand up for your children. The future of our state depends on it. And if you think about it, the future of our country depends on us.”
Adding credence to her claims is that the bill is very vague, thus leaving lots of room for “legal” reprisals against parents who speak out. Under it, “harassment” is defined in the bill as “a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person that seriously alarms, torments, or terrorizes the person, and that serves no legitimate purpose.” Further, such harassment can be just “two or more acts occurring over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose.“