Graham: NH Dem Rep Tells Voter to ‘Shut Up’ Over Parents Rights Bill

by Michael Graham, for NH Journal and

Campton Democrat state Rep. Tommy Hoyt has a message for Granite State voters who support the Parents Bill of Rights: “Shut up.”

When a voter sent Hoyt an email urging him to “pass SB272 without any amendments,” Hoyt replied:

“Do you know why children’s results tanked during Covid. Their parents were incompetent teachers. Do your children a favor, let the teachers teach, and shut up. You’re clearly no professional.”

Hoyt confirmed to NHJournal that the email is authentic.

“The way I feel is that children’s test scores in school performance dropped off drastically was because they didn’t have teachers. And the parents that thought, ‘We can replace them and can tell them what to do,’ was not effective. I probably could have used better words,” Hoyt said.

After hot and heavy opposition from teachers unions and progressive activists, the bill was defeated 195-190 Thursday morning. A representative of one of the state’s largest teachers unions has hinted that Democratic House members will face primaries if they vote for the parents rights measure.

And a promise of a free plane ticket to fly Rep. Robin Vogt (D-Portsmouth) back from his Florida vacation caused Speaker Sherm Packard (R-Londonderry) to open an investigation into tactics being used by the bill’s opponents.

NH State Rep. Tommy Hoyt (D-Campton)

Democrats argue parents present a unique danger to their children and, therefore, should not be given information about their kids’ behavior at school when it comes to sex and gender — behavior teachers, coaches, custodians, and other adults are aware of already.

SB272 would require school districts like Manchester to end their current policy of refusing to answer parents’ questions about their children’s behavior on these issues.

During the debate over the legislation in the state Senate, Sen. Rebecca Perkins Kwoka (D-Portsmouth) said the bill would “open children up” to “violence from their parents.” Sen. Donovan Fenton (D-Keene) said SB272 could “end up being fatal for our young children.”

And New Hampshire state Democratic Party chair Ray Buckley has said publicly that if this legislation passes, “some kids will be beaten to death.”

Hoyt said he does not support school administrators lying to parents, but he supports teachers, principals, and coaches keeping information about their children secret. Asked if he believes parents are more of a threat to children than other adults, Hoyt replied, “I would certainly say some parents would be.”

Supporters of the parents’ rights bill note some local teachers have been prosecuted for sexually assaulting and harassing children.

Just last year, a former New Hampshire teacher of the year finalist was charged with illegal sexual contact with a student. A Portsmouth High assistant coach lost his job over allegations of abuse.

And former Timberlane Regional High School teacher David Russell just signed a deal in his sexual assault case forbidding him from teaching, coaching, or working with anyone under 18, and he cannot be in a minor’s presence without supervision.

Asked about the risk posed by teachers, Hoyt compared them to Catholic priests.

“Have you heard anything about any of the priests that have been molesting children for years? For anybody that’s in a position of power, that’s going to happen,” Hoyt said.

federal Department of Education study found teachers are significantly more likely to engage in sexual misconduct with children than priests.

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8 replies »

  1. Parents have a right to know what is happening in schools. Wether it be bullying by them or against them, acting out in class or any other concern a teacher might observe. Teachers are not trained as psychology professionals to make a decision on whether a child will be straight, gay or lesbian when they grow up. Children go through many stages in life up to adulthood, which can take for some, after highschool, before they are comfortable with theimselves. It used to be called finding themselves which is a part of growing up, why make it worse?

  2. What a disgrace this abject moron is. How dare he speak in such a manner to the people he is there to serve.

  3. Hoyt and the Rest of this Cronies can go pass go and fall in the fires of hell period!!
    That goes for NH and other 49 State’s period! Degusting human beings period!!
    To say the least!!
    Wake up Americans wake up!!

  4. Parents, please find a way to get your kids out of public school. Government education has long since been co-opted by communists. There is no political will to take on the unions or Chi-coms. Campaign donors and party leadership dictate policy, aided by Soros’ numerous non-profits and Chi-com funded education schools/indoctrination camps, trained in Marx and Alinsky activism — young fools annually vomited out with their marching orders to “fundmentally transform” society into their new world order. Current VT democrat leadership is the poster board for arrogant woke feminism. Removing parental rights is the last and easiest step. If you think you will have due process in re-asserting those rights, best wishes. You are the last generation.

    John Adams in a letter to Abigail Adams:
    “Cities may be rebuilt, and a People reduced to Poverty may acquire fresh Property: But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the People once surrender their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it.”

  5. Here’s the proof that Democrats want to put all our children under the control of the State. They (the Democrats) really truly believe that parents are not qualified to raise their own children. They’re not hiding it. They’re shouting it!

    How in the world can any parent vote for a Democrat? Unless said parent wants the State (and not the parent) to raise their child. Unbelievable!