Raleigh, N.C. – Provisions of House Bill 1366, better known as the Anti-Bullying Bill, have not enjoyed widespread popularity among North Carolinians according to a May poll released by the Civitas Institute.
When asked: Do you think public schools in North Carolina should implement an anti-bullying policy that requires students be taught that homosexuality, bisexuality, cross-dressing and other behaviors are normal and acceptable? North Carolina voters responded:
Not sure 10%
The bill’s language identifies bullying or harassing as acts perceived to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, or sensory disabilities. The bill goes on to state that the information regarding implementation of HB 1366 will be included in every school’s employee training program, a defined description of the bullying by the school, and the official school publications, such as the student handbook.
“Obviously there is an agenda behind the bill, it seeks the power of the public school system to expose young children to lifestyles in a way that a majority of North Carolinians clearly say they are against,” concluded De Luca.
The study of 800 registered voters was conducted May 14-17 by Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria, Virginia. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, respondents interviewed voted in either the 2002, 2004 or 2006 general election or were newly registered voters since 2006. The voters were interviewed using live callers.>/p>
If you would like more information regarding this topic, or to schedule an interview with Francis De Luca, please call Gabe Dellinger at 919.747.8065 or email Gabe at Gabe.Dellinger@nccivitas.org.