Parents of the sixth grade students at Bourbon Middle School in Missouri were horrified to find out -- after the fact -- that their kids were recently given an invasive survey by the State Department of Mental Health. The survey, which is supposed to help the state come up with helpful programs, asked questions that the parents found inappropriate.
Topics included such things as drug use, sexual orientation, suicide, and gender identity. Bourbon Middle School mom Samantha Overkramer told KMOV:
“The most inappropriate one was if they were transgender or thought about changing genders. My daughter, I mean she just doesn’t understand that.”
Dad Shane Burns agreed that it was "incredibly inappropriate":
“What he was worried about is some of the kids that had no idea what any of that stuff was. Now they know. And that’s kind of a parent’s choice to introduce that kind of subject matter.”
While the school district says that students didn't have to answer questions that made them uncomfortable, students say that they were told they had to answer them all. Is that the point, though? These parents are upset that these topics were introduced to their children, not that they had to answer a question about it. They feel that their parental rights were violated by not being given the choice on when to open those discussions for themselves.
KMOV reports that questions on sexual orientation have been removed from future surveys.