One lawmaker in Iowa says he finds this “whole hysteria to be incredibly annoying.”
Bobby Kaufmann plans to introduce a bill that echoes the eye-rolling frustration expressed by many who think colleges are “coddling” their students, or so-called “snowflakes.”
He’s referring to the piece of legislation as the “suck it up, buttercup bill,” and he hopes to introduce it when the legislature resumes in January, the Des Moines Register reported.
The bill would take aim at state universities that offer election-related sit-ins and grief counseling beyond the resources normally available to students. Those colleges that use taxpayer dollars to fund these extra programs would be subject to a budget cut for double the amount they spend.
Kaufmann said he had heard of four or five schools in other states that were staffing grief counselors in zones where “kids can come cry out their sensitivity.”
“People have the right to be hysterical,” Kaufmann said. “On their own time.”
The legislation would also create new criminal penalties for protesters who shut down highways, Kaufmann told the Des Moines Register.