The following content contains reference to a popular topic flooded with false information from U.S. government officials and news sources like National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting Service, and other large corporate media outlets that promulgated it: H.B. 1557, “Parental Rights in Education.” Read bill text and summary before drawing conclusions.
March 29, 2022 Updated 12:56 P.M. ET
BRADENTON (FCV) – In response to Governor Ron DeSantis signing H.B. 1557, the Parental Rights in Education act falsely called the “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” Manatee County kindergarten teacher Cory Bernaert said that he is now “scared to death” that he will not be allowed to discuss his love life with small children.
“It really hits hard in my heart, professionally and personally,” he said. “Professionally, it truly makes me feel like I am not trusted.”
He said that his curriculum has never included sexual orientation explicitly, but went on to clarify that “we [him and his kindergarteners] should be able to have discussions.”
“We build relationships with our kids, and in order to build relationships, you talk about your home life, you talk about your home life … it scares me to death that I am not gonna be able to have these conversations with my children.”
He said that his kids might ask “What does partner mean, Mr. Bernaert?,” and that he is “worried” that he cannot tell them what the term means and entails.
Bernaert teaches in Manatee County, according to his public Linkedin profile.
H.B. 1557 will not prohibit basic discussions about what students and teachers do over the weekend, such as the example Bernaert uses: “paddle boarding.” In fact, classroom discussion can still involve the mentioning of two moms or two dads.
Sexual orientation and gender identity, however, cannot be a topic of class discussion. Bernaert cannot explain to kindergarteners how and why he may be attracted to his partner.
FCV Founder and Editor-in-Chief said that the Florida teacher is a “creep” and “should be fired immediately” for opposing a measure barring sexual orientation teaching for kindergarteners through third grade.
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