Mr Bostelman then went on to cite an example of this apparent phenomenon, claiming a student “identified as a cat” and wanted a litterbox.
When this wasn’t provided by the school, they defecated on the floor - the politician claimed.
He added: “What is going on? Some kids can’t wear an American flag and walk through the school in their shirt, and you keep them out of school? But then it’s okay if they wear a cat costume?”
Associated Press reported the rumour circulated in a private Facebook group titled “Protect Nebraska Children’, while one superintendent in Iowa was forced to tell parents that similar claims in the state were “simply and emphatically not true”.
When footage of Mr Bostelman’s unfounded claims were shared to Twitter, people were unforgiving in their mockery of the lawmaker:
They will really believe ANYTHING they see flash by on their Facebook timeline, won't they?pic.twitter.com/1W9qubniqd
— \ud83d\udc31\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 Hugo the Pink Cat \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83d\udc31 (@\ud83d\udc31\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 Hugo the Pink Cat \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83d\udc31)