Target: Mr. Ray Merrick, Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives
Goal: Prevent passage of law that would outlaw teaching sexual education, art, and poetry.
Teachers in Kansas may be arrested and put into jail for teaching their students about sex, classic art, and poetry in the near future. A new law attempting to criminalize showing students “objectionable material” is up for a vote in the Kansas House of Representatives after being passed through the Kansas State Senate. This would effectively mean that every teacher in the state could just be one parent complaint away from jail time and a criminal record. Action must be taken to stop this misguided attempt to protect children, as it will only do them harm.
The biggest problem with this law is that “objectionable material” is not clearly defined. Kansas’ teachers would have to think twice about teaching material that mentioned anything sexual in any way. This would mean no pictures of Michelangelo’s David, no Shakespeare, nothing depicting homosexuality in any way, and worst of all: no real information on safe sex or puberty. This law, which aims to protect children, would effectively render them helpless and ignorant of how to have safe sexual interactions and relationships.
What’s worse, is that even if a student finds an “objectionable” book on their own, their teacher could still be found liable and put into prison. The passage of this bill would result in an extreme crackdown on all of the material that is taught to students in Kansas and in the end it will do nothing but harm them. This proposal is draconian and must be stopped before it can do real damage to unsuspecting students. Please sign here to show your opposition to this legislation and the notion that kids shouldn’t learn about sex until it’s too late.
Dear Speaker Merrick,
It has come to my attention that a law criminalizing the teaching of “objectionable material” could soon be making its way to your chamber. I am writing to beg that you stop this law in its tracks and ensure that it never even makes it to a vote. The proposed law would effectively outlaw the teaching of many works of art, literature, and most importantly, sexual education. Many parents have conflicting views about when children should be taught about sex, but none can argue that it is in their best interest to learn about it.
This law would make sexual education nearly impossible for teachers and would leave them in constant fear of jail time. No one is attempting to show these children pornography, there are simply some subjects that must be covered in order for students to grow and develop into well-adjusted individuals. Please see your way to killing this bill before it ever comes to a vote in your chamber and know that if you do, you are acting to protect the children and future of Kansas as a whole. Thank you in advance for your actions.
[Your Name Here]
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