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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

This story wins the internet today


From HuffPo:

Sen. Bruce Bostelman, a conservative Republican, repeated the false claim during a public, televised debate on a bill intended to help school children who have behavioral problems. His comments quickly went viral, with one Twitter video garnering more than 300,000 views as of Monday afternoon, and drew an onslaught of online criticism and ridicule.

Bostelman initially said he was “shocked” when he heard stories that children were dressing as cats and dogs while at school, with claims that schools were accommodating them with litter boxes.

“They meow and they bark and they interact with their teachers in this fashion,” Bostelman said during legislative debate. “And now schools are wanting to put litter boxes in the schools for these children to use. How is this sanitary?”

The rumor has persisted in a private Facebook group, “Protect Nebraska Children,” and also surfaced last month in an Iowa school district, forcing the superintendent to write to parents that it was “simply and emphatically not true.”

On the bright side, the rodent population is practically down to nil. You can train a dog to use a litter box, you got my vote.

State Senator Bruce Bostelman

1 comment:

Jon Harwood said...

Will this poor idiot missed his chance. If one is to create outrage it helps if there is at least a grain of truth in the allegation. Where he could have found this grain of truth is with "furries" and "plushies" - folks who dress up as stuffed animals and then carry out various activities that were originated in Sodom and Gomorra. A legislator with an IQ over 100 should be able to handle this little sleight of hand to get all the moms and dads in the streets with Tiki Torches® on a crusade to stop these little furry perverts from proliferating in the bathrooms of academia.