Tallahassee Reports has learned that the principal of Montford Middle School, Lewis Blessing, will facilitate a planned student protest this Friday related to the Parental Rights in Education bill that was recently signed into law by Governor DeSantis.
The bill requires school officials to notify parents when counseling students on sensitive issues and limits instruction on gender identity for K-3grades.
TR has obtained an email (provided below) from Blessing sent to the Montford faculty which states that “It has come to our attention we have some students planning a walkout this Friday in protest of the Parental Rights in Education bill…”
In the email, Blessing informs teachers that “We will treat this as we treated the anti-gun violence walkout from a few years ago. We will let the students leave class and go out to the PE fields after an allotted amount of time, bring them back to class..”
One of the concerns voiced by parents who contacted TR about the protest is the impact on students that choose not to participate. Will these students be subject to the “Don’t Say Gay” rhetoric adopted by those who oppose the bill.
In addition, how will teachers address the situation in their classroom. Is there an approved response by the school district?
TR has asked for a comment from the Leon County school district and will update our report when it is provided.