I’m still working on several more posts that will provide in depth analysis and recordings of last night’s League of Women Voters forums for the Providence district, but I wanted to draw attention to the answers the school board candidates (Democrat Karl Frisch and Republican Andi Bayer) gave regarding LGBT students being bullied and discriminated against because I think it gives a glimpse into the tenor of the whole forum.
Before this question, candidates were asked about how the school system handles disciplining students with disabilities (which the county was actually sued over). To this, Bayer proclaimed “foremost, I think we’re paying a lot for one thing we’ve done to our kids as educators. We’ve created child centered universe. The world is not child centered.”
Later, candidates were asked about religious diversity in the school system and she told everyone “my best friend growing up was Jewish.” Somehow, this was supposed to amaze everybody and provide all the answers (fyi….it did neither).
It’s with all this in mind that when the candidates were asked about LGBT students being bullied, Bayer told the crowd she had LGBT friends growing up and her “first boyfriend is now gay.”
“I went to school with kids who were LGBTQ. Still friends with them,” Bayer claimed. “Actually, my first boyfriend, that was seventh grade, he is now gay. I went to William and Mary with him and he is now gay.”
“There’s not been one problem in Fairfax County in how they handled,” she continued before trailing off while trying to defend her position that we should have protect LGBT students from discrimination and bullying. “There’s not been one report. So I don’t really understand why this is the biggest issue. We have lots of other issues.”
“This is just, to me, the loudest special interest group right now that garners the most attention,” Bayer added. She then finished up her statement by saying “let’s focus in on what’s important and stop wasting our time on these other issues that I don’t see a problem with.”
For those who are interested, here’s a recording of the question and their answers: