Look, Virginia, there are states more prudish than ours.
Today, I will add Tennessee public school teacher to the list of Jobs I’m Glad I Do Not Have.
Tennessee legislators have sent a bill to the governor, who is expected to sign it, that would allow parents to bring charges against teachers who fail to intervene and stop their teens from having “gateway sexual activity.”
And what might that be? The bill’s sponsor told the Knoxville News Sentinel that hand holding is probably innocent enough. Really? That’s skin to skin contact. Who among us has not felt a tingle when our mate touches our hand?
Obviously, the Tennessee legislators understand the danger in touching. There will be no over-the-clothes contact of any sort allowed.
From the little I have read of this bill, and I really don’t want to read much more about it, I have gathered that Tennessee requires abstinence-only sex-ed yet, too many girls are still getting pregnant. So instead of teaching them how to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies and diseases — also known as how to stay healthy — the “adults” decided to prohibit teens from any and all “gateway sexual activity” and prosecute anyone who fails to prevent them from kissing and hugging.
The high school sex police are on the patrol. It is not yet known whether they’ll tail them to college.