Fox News Exclusive: Van Drew Drafting Bill to Require Parental Consent Before Schools Teach Gender Identify & Sexual Orientation to Children
April 8, 2022 —
New Jersey congressman says it’s the job of legislators ‘to protect our constituents’
FIRST ON FOX: A New Jersey Republican is drafting federal legislation that will require schools to tell parents if their children are being taught about “gender identity and sexual orientation.”
Following reports that the Garden State would be requiring second graders to be taught about gender identity-related topics, Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J., announced on Friday that he would be introducing the bill.
“Instead of teaching our second graders about math, science, and reading, Governor Murphy and the state of New Jersey are threatening the safety and security of our school children,” Van Drew said in a press release first obtained by Fox News Digital.
NEW JERSEY TO REQUIRE 2ND GRADERS LEARN ABOUT GENDER IDENTITY IN FALL, ALARMING PARENTS
New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew is drafting federal legislation that will require schools to tell parents if their children are being taught about “gender identity and sexual orientation.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
“While every child should go to school and feel accepted and comfortable, we should not be compromising the safety of our young children by allowing a child to use any restroom or changing room regardless of their actual gender,” he continued. “The whole country saw late last year the terrible event that took place in Loudoun County, Virginia, where a girl was sexually assaulted in the girl’s restroom by a boy who dressed in girls’ clothing.”
Van Drew said that it’s the job of legislators “to protect our constituents and the American people” and blasted New Jersey for “doing just the opposite.”
“These children are young,” Van Drew said. “They are concerned with improving their reading and writing. Not learning about gender identity and sexual orientation.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has faced criticism from Republicans for his education policies. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)
The Republican congressman, a former Democrat, said that parents are rightfully “outraged” and that the state’s “policies and guidance are forcing parents out of the equation relating to their child’s education and is government overreach at its finest.”
Van Drew said that parents “deserve to have a say in what their children learn in school” and that he “would bet that does not include teaching six-, seven-, and eight-year-olds about sexual orientation” before blasting the state policies as “outrageous,” “unbelievable” and “just wrong.”
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