Marybeth Hicks

The question we should be asking in the aftermath of this tragedy isn’t, “How can we protect gay students?” It’s, “What kind of person would do such a thing to another human being?”

Our hypersexual culture promotes sexual awareness and activity — for both gay and straight adolescents — far too soon. The far Left’s insistence on comprehensive sexual education isn’t protecting children and teens, but rather is promoting the emotionally powerful experience of sex to an immature and morally inept generation. Even in some elementary schools across the nation, the Left seeks to establish programs that encourage students to acknowledge homosexuality in themselves or others long before children have the maturity to do so.

Meanwhile, as revealed every two years in the Josephson Institute’s longitudinal survey of American teenagers, our nation’s youth lack the moral compass and ethical maturity to know that some behaviors are always wrong, no matter whom you target.

This tragic story is not about a gay kid being bullied. It’s about all kids learning and conforming to a societal standard of morality, decency and civility that would result in genuine respect for others. And it’s about learning a behavior code in which the bullying of another person by invading his privacy would be unthinkable.

If we buy into the knee-jerk reaction that what’s needed is more sexual education and greater advocacy of the gay agenda, we’re selling short all kids — gay and straight. What they need instead is character education.

The right response to this appalling episode is to halt sexuality education in favor of developing in our young people the one thing that would protect every child from heartless bullying: A conscience.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).