Idaho Lawmaker Plans to Re-Introduce School Club Parental Consent Bill

Less then a month after the Meridian School Board rejected the requirement, a Republican state lawmaker says he plans to re-introduce a bill during the upcoming legislative session that would require parental consent for student participation in school clubs and activities.

The Spokesman-Review’s Huckleberries Online reports that Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Post Falls “mentioned his intention to do so during the weekly luncheon meeting of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans.”

One can only guess that Nonini’s bill is in direct retaliation for the Meridian Board’s move that cleared the way for a Gay-Straight Alliance Club at Mountain View High School.

“In the 2006 Legislature, Nonini pushed a school-club bill in response to the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance at Lake City High. The bill squeaked through the House before dying in Goedde’s Senate Education Committee,” Huckleberries reports.

In response to the 2006 legislation the Coeur d’Alene School District caved and changed its club policies requiring parental consent.

Former High School GSA club leader Eric Anderson was one of many who testified during a school board hearing in September. He told the Idaho Agenda that the problem with requiring parental consent for clubs like Gay-Straight Alliances is that “it puts up a lot of unnecessary barriers for students who already face more challenges then their hetrosexual peers.”

Anderson pointed out that some students wouldn’t join for fear of having to disclose their sexual identities to their parents, others he says, “wouldn’t join just because of the hassle involved in having to have a parent fill out a form.”

An extremist group founded by hate group leader Don Wildmon, James Dobson and others targeted the Meridian School district with a flurry of words for not passing the parental consent requirement. Late last month the Alliance Defense Fund issued a statement saying the district was “duped” by gay rights activists into ditching the proposed parental consent policy.”

Here is Nonini’s contact info:

email: bnonini@roadrunner.com
phone: 208-765-1904

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6 Responses to Idaho Lawmaker Plans to Re-Introduce School Club Parental Consent Bill

  1. If these are student-run societies, other than the formality of the clubs’ creation, it’s difficult to see how the parental consent requirement could ever be enforced without a teacher being present and taking a roll call of attendees. If it’s run by teachers, then that would then mean it is not really a student society.

    If this idiocy ever becomes law, it will be one of the easiest to flout in the history of floutable laws, and will serve only to bring the law into disrepute.

  2. This is ridiculous. I’m a sophomore in high school and I’m only 15. I am trying to get a GSA started at my school so we, as studnrts, don’t have to be afraid to come out to ANYONE except our friends and people we trust. Some young children think its a sin to be gay or think that it’s wrong or immoral. Like I have, they have cut their wrists in shame and embarasssment. People have KILLED THEMSELVES because they felt they had no one who loved them, or no one to talk to about these feelings. No kids are going to join a GSA if they’re not out and supported by their parents first. I hope this bill doesn’t get passed for the sake of kids like me. We can do great things as young kids if we have a sense of comfort and safety. Which is EXACTLY what GSAs and all other clubs bring for kids. I’m in Sign Kanguage Club, do I need to let my parents know!??!! This is a stupid question. Clubs already have enough rules to get started and if this bill passes it will be fought.

  3. @Derek you are correct unfortunately in our state such lunacy runs wild.
    @Justin Totally agree!
    Here is his contact info if you want to share it:
    email: bnonini@roadrunner.com
    phone: 208-765-1904

  4. Pingback: It’s National Gay Straight Alliance Day! « The Idaho Agenda

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