Republican State Sen. Bob Hall of Edgewood has filed legislation “relating to parental rights in public schools and prohibiting instruction regarding sexual orientation or gender identity for public school students.”

Senate Bill 393 would amend the current education code to require that each school district notify parents of any change regarding a student’s emotional, physical, or mental health. The legislation would also require the school district to advise students to talk with their parents about such issues.

Under SB 393, school district employees may not “discourage or prohibit parental knowledge of or involvement in critical decisions affecting a student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being.”

Some Texas school districts have been hiding children’s “transitions” from their parents. Jeff Younger, the father of 9-year-old James, accused Coppell ISD of socially transitioning his son at school, saying, “When I took James to school in boys’ clothing, the teacher gave him a dress to wear. The school doesn’t call James by his real name. They use a girl’s name. They actively teach James that he is really a girl. They even make James use the girl’s bathroom.”

The Texas GOP has therefore made it a priority to protect children from the disastrous effects of gender mutilation.

Hall also ensured that school district employees, or an independent contractor of the district, cannot withhold information from the student’s parent related to the child’s perception of their biological sex.

Also included in the legislation is a restriction on instruction regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

A school district, open-enrollment charter school, or district or charter school employee may not provide or allow a third party to provide instruction regarding sexual orientation or gender identity to students enrolled in the district or school.

Hall also introduced two bills designed to crack down on gender mutilation, hormone suppressants, and cross-sex hormone procedures for minors.

Concerned citizens can contact their elected officials to register their opinion on how Texas should respond to schools teaching gender identity to students.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.