California bill aims to make it illegal to criticize teachers for instructing in gender ideology

Apr 19, 2023 | Political News

A California Democrat is seeking to make it a misdemeanor to criticise teachers for teaching gender identity ideology to children.

SB 596, authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino, seeks to “address the issue of teachers facing harassment and aims to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all students and teachers.” But a closer look at how harassment is defined in the bill has some people concerned.

“Any person who subjects a school employee to threats or harassment while the employee is away from a schoolsite or after school hours for reasons related to the employee’s course of duties” could face a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,000, and/or imprisonment for not more than one year.

Harassment is defined as “unlawful violence, a credible threat of violence, or a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person that seriously alarms, annoys, or harasses the person, and that serves no legitimate purpose.”