Parental rights and child safety advocates joined with Senate Minority Whip Jessica de la Cruz (R-Dist. 23, North Smithfield, Burrillville, Glocester, North Smithfield) at the Rhode Island State House today to demand that legislation to close a loophole that allows those in positions of authority to engage in sexual relations with children is passed.
“Parents are angry and scared, and they want this bill passed. Concerned parents will join me at the State House on Monday,” said Sen. de la Cruz. “It’s way past time to make it illegal for teachers and coaches to have sexual relations with students.”
The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, the parent organization of the Current, is asking citizens to contact key legislators and tell them to move this legislation forward without any more delay. Citizens are being urged to fill out the form on this page as soon as possible so that an email can automatically be sent to members of the General Assembly who will soon be deciding whether or not to vote on this bill to protect Rhode Island students from sexual predators. The contact tool is part of the Action Center on their website.
The full press conference was streamed live by the Ocean State Current on twitch.
Speakers included Erika Sanzi (Cumberland resident and Director of Outreach at Parents Defending Education,) Megan Reilly (mother of four kids from North Kingstown,) Bob Chiaradio (leading Westerly father and parental rights advocate,) Nichole Solas (award winning mother who was sued by her school committee for asking questions about her child’s education,) and Laurie Gaddis Barrett (#ParentsUnitedRI.)
Co-Sponsor Democrat Sen. Frank Lombardi fielded legal questions on the bill and pushed back against far-left critics of the bill. Lombardi said that he was hopeful that the bill would come up for a vote soon.