Remember this quote from Lt. Gov. Dan Forest from 2016 when he was championing HB2, the bathroom bill?
“If our action in keeping men out of women’s bathrooms and showers protected the life of just one child or one woman from being molested or assaulted, then it was worth it. North Carolina will never put a price tag on the value of our children. They are precious and priceless.” – Lt. Gov. Dan Forest on April 5th, 2016 concerning HB2 and PayPal’s announcement to not expand in Charlotte.
Sen. Phil Berger defended that bill just as hard as Forest did and Berger sure as hell wants Forest to be the next governor of this state because we all know that Dan Forest is running for governor. He’s only been campaigning since Roy Cooper took office.
Look at that statement again, especially the last part: “North Carolina will never put a price tag on the value of our children. They are precious and priceless.”
Does Berger believe the same thing? Only if it suits his political ambitions.
He posted this official statement on April 26th.
Did Berger just put a price tag on our students’ lives?
Yep. Based on “averages.”
The numbers of students committing suicide, experiencing mental health issues, dealing with depression and other maladies is skyrocketing.
And Berger issues this statement when he literally championed a bill to protect students at high costs against a nonexistent danger with HB2.
Even the Public School Forum called out Berger on this one.
Attending the funeral of a former student who seems to have his/her whole life to look forward to is one too many. Yes, there are tragic events that occur, but there are also other forces at work in the lives of many of our students that while unseen to the naked eye could be confronted to give the possibility of renewal and reclamation – if we are willing to invest more in our kids.
Berger just told you what he is willing to do.