TAKE ACTION: Stop the Unsafe Students Act
House Bill 8, also coined the “Unsafe Students Act,” eviscerates the trusted relationships between students and their teachers or faculty members. If passed, this legislation would require parents to be notified of any change in the student's services or monitoring related to the student's mental, emotional, or physical health, including their gender identity.
This proposed language directly puts students, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community at risk, by attempting to share deeply personal information with their families without their consent. It also impacts pregnant students, those who are abused at home, and many others who unfortunately only trust an adult at school such as a nurse, guidance counselor, or teacher. Students should feel that they can approach school officials without the fear of having their privacy misused or violated.
HB 8 was also recently amended to require parental notification in the event of “sexuality content.” This unnecessarily vague language only creates censorship in classrooms, especially when it comes to discussing diversity in family dynamics, relationships, or sexual orientation and gender identity.
TAKE ACTION: Contact the Ohio House and tell them to vote NO on House Bill 8.