Gov. DeSantis gets into heated exchange with reporter over bill that would limit sexual orientation speech in public schools

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis entered into a heated exchange with a reporter at the Florida Strawberry Festival on Monday, accusing the journalist of pushing a false narrative about HB 1557, which would prohibit the discussion of gender orientation and sexual identities in classrooms until fourth grade.

The reporter, WFLA’s Evan Donavan, seemed to agitate DeSantis by referring to the The Parental Rights in Education bill as the “Don’t Say Gay bill,” a widely-used nickname by critics.

DeSantis replied, “Does it say that in the bill? Does it say that in the bill? I’m asking you to tell me what’s in the bill, because you are pushing false narratives. It doesn’t matter what critics say.”

The reporter then pushed back on the bill, which he pointed out banned discussion of sexual identity in schools. De Santis fired back, “For who? For grades pre-K through three. So five-year-olds, six-year-olds, seven-year-olds, and the idea that you wouldn’t be honest about that, and tell people what it actually says, it’s why people don’t trust people like you because you peddle false narratives.”

A legislative summary of the bill describes it as restricting “discussions of sexual orientation or gender identity to only those that are age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate for students while prohibiting a school district from encouraging discussions of these topics in primary grades.”




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