The DeKalb County School District in Georgia is facing criticism from angry parents after a sexual identity quiz was handed out to sixth graders in the Lithonia Middle School.
The middle school’s teacher assigned a quiz in which the students had to identify and differentiate between 10 sexual identity terms and orientations, such as gay, lesbian, and transgender.
Octavia Parks, the Mother of a 12 year old that was subject to this quiz was horrified when her daughter brought home the assignment. she told Fox 5 Atlanta,
“Why are they teaching that in school?”
“What does that have to do with life?”
“We’re talking about a sixth grader who still watches Nickelodeon”
‘I’m not ready to explain what these words are nor what they mean” Parks stated.
Parks had felt that the material given to her daughter was not appropriate and that her daughter was too young to learn about sexual orientation.
Parks talked about an earlier conversation she had with the health teacher, saying she was assured that this material would not be taught to her Child.
“We had a brief conversation and she assured me that this sort of thing would not happen.” Parks said. “Nonetheless, it is happening.”
Following the alarming event, Parks went on to sign a consent form to remove her child from the health class. She is however not the only parent to find this quiz disturbing.
Eva McClain, the mother of a past Middle School student that attended the School, agrees that the material is inappropriate for Children. She also said that the sexual orientation quiz was not part of the health class curriculum when her daughter attended the School.
“If a kid wants to know about the gender or know about the sex preference, it should come from the parents, not from the school,” McClain stated.
The School district responded to the Parents concerns in a written statement saying,
“DCSD has been made aware of this alleged event, and is working to verify its authenticity. We will investigate this event and take action, as appropriate, once that investigation is completed,”.
Parks said Tuesday, She plans to bring her concerns to the school district headquarters, as soon as their fall break ends.
“I will be removing her from that class, and I’m also going to take it to the board of education to see what they have to say about it, as well,” Parks said.