An eight-year-old girl shamed a state senator into dropping his proposed bill that would make family's welfare dependent upon their children's academic performance.
Republican state senator Stacey Campfield got flustered as a mother followed him around the state Capitol on Thursday.
Activists brought 8-year-old Aamira Fetuga along with them, having the little girl ask Mr Campfield questions as they videotaped the entire interaction.
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Do the right thing: Though he did end up withdrawing the bill, state senator Stacey Campfield said that it was wrong of activists to use children as props
'Using children as props is shameful,' he said repeatedly.
The activists then turned it on him, saying that he shouldn’t refer to children as props.
The controversial bill in contention, Senate Bill 132 formally titled Education to End Poverty Act, seemed like it was going to have trouble passing even before Aamira became involved.
If passed, The Tennessean reports that the bill would have reduced temporary assistance to families whose children were failing in school.
In order to get that government aid back, the parents would have to attend an eight-hour parenting class, arrange tutoring for the child or enroll them in summer school, and the parents would have to attend at least two parent-teacher conferences.