Florida Middle School Teacher Fired for ‘Comfort’ Survey on Gender, Sexuality, Religion

SPRING HILL, Fla. — A middle school teacher in Florida has been fired for issuing a survey/exercise to students that asked them about their comfort level in situations surrounding matters of gender, sexuality, religion and race.

Daryl Cox had left her students at Fox Chapel Middle School in Spring Hill a photocopied assignment from the book “Exploring White Privilege” by Robert Amico, which includes a survey in the appendix called “How Comfortable Am I?”

Those who complete the survey are asked to choose from “not comfortable at all,” “uneasy,” “fairly comfortable” and “completely comfortable” for each hypothetical scenario.

Among the 41 situations presented were:

“You discover that the cute young man/woman that you are attracted to is actually a woman/man.”

“You discover your teenage brother kissing a male friend.”

“Your sister becomes a Buddhist.”

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“Your new roommate is Palestinian and Muslim.”

“The AG president in your area/hall is putting herself through school by exotic dancing.”

“Your family buys a home in a predominantly black neighborhood.”

However, some of the students became concerned about the content of the survey, which was intended to be used with college students. Sixth grader Tori Drews told WFTS-TV that Cox had second thoughts about the assignment after some complained.

“There were children that were saying, ‘This is wrong. Why are we doing this? Does this have a reason?’” Drews recalled. “She was going, ‘Yeah, this is kind of wrong. Maybe I should take it back.’”

Drews said that some students asked if they could show the survey to their parents, but Cox didn’t want them to do so as she would just nix the assignment. But parents did learn of the exercise and believed that the questions were inappropriate for 12 and 13-year-old children.

The Hernando County School District investigated the matter and decided to fire Cox, who was within her probationary period.

“In no way did this assignment meet the standards of appropriate instructional material,” read a statement from the district issued to WTSP-TV.

“After being made aware of the assignment, school administration began an investigation and has taken immediate disciplinary action. This teacher was within her probationary period and has been released from employment,” it advised.

Cox has not responded to requests for comment.


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  • Brendan Jennings

    What course or subject was this “teacher” teaching to middle school students? This social proselytizing needs to end. Just another reason to remove kids from public schools.

    • Chris

      How is asking kids how comfortable or uncomfortable they’d be in these situations “proselytizing”?

      • Florenca Mcdowell

        Why is it her business what these children think about white Privilege? Why does she think there is White Privilege? She is the one who is hired and paid by the tax payers not the children. It is illegal for her to bring up religion (1st amend.) and race. I did not see anywhere in the story what RACE D Cox was. Want to make a guess?

        • Chris

          “Why is it her business what these children think about white
          Privilege?”

          Depending on the subject taught its part of a teacher’s job to get the students to think about their assumptions.

          “Why does she think there is White Privilege?”

          I have no idea. Perhaps she merely thought those questions would be a good start to a discussion.

          “She is the one
          who is hired and paid by the tax payers not the children. It is illegal
          for her to bring up religion (1st amend.) and race.”

          I’m not an expert on U.S. law but it’s my understanding that, dependent upon the subject, religion can be discussed but not in a manner which seeks to proselytize. Likewise, depending upon the subject, race would also be discussion if handled in a sensitive manner. For example if I was discussing the U.S. civil war it would be virtually impossible to do so without raising the topic of race.

          “I did not see
          anywhere in the story what RACE D Cox was. Want to make a guess?”

          I’ve no idea either. Until more data comes to hand I wouldn’t like to guess.

      • Brendan Jennings

        The real question is why is a public school invading the privacy of these students by asking such personal questions? What is the subject matter/class/curriculum need for such questions? What business is it of a public school to be doing so? It’s not up to the school to determine whether or not 12 and 13 year olds would or should be comfortable in these situations. Yes, the teacher was inexperienced. But any parent worth his or her salt would think the very act of a school doing so to sixth-graders is nothing less than proselytizing.

        • Chris

          “The real question is why is a public school invading the privacy of
          these students by asking such personal questions? What is the subject
          matter/class/curriculum need for such questions?”

          Can’t speak for the US but in Australia it would be English. True such subjects would be raised in an older age bracket but the purpose of the lessons is not only to expose the kids to great literature but also to help them experience life from other situations and thereby help them develop empathy.

          “What business is it of a
          public school to be doing so?”

          Don’t you want teachers to help students to see life from different perspectives?

          “It’s not up to the school to determine
          whether or not 12 and 13 year olds…”

          I couldn’t agree with you more.

          “…would or should be comfortable in
          these situations.”

          The whole point would be to help the kids find out if THEY would feel uncomfortable and to help them examine their assumptions. At least that would be the point here.

          “Yes, the teacher was inexperienced. But any parent
          worth his or her salt would think the very act of a school doing so to
          sixth-graders is nothing less than proselytizing.”

          How is it proselytizing? The teacher isn’t pushing a particular view but merely aiding the kids to examine their own.

          • Brendan Jennings

            Fair points, all. Ironically, it was the teacher who was fired for insufficiently examining her own assumptions. Public schools are suited for challenging students to examine their civic, cultural, scientific and technological assumptions (and there doubtless are more categories of assumptions to include). They are, however, wholly unsuited for challenging students about their moral and religious assumptions. That is something for which parents and clergy are best equipped.

  • JustNTyme

    OK, a woman named Daryl assigns a book titled Exploring White Privilege…

    So why was the nincompoop ever HIRED anyway, and could we please get back to teaching math, science, and history, which apparently they aren’t learning since these SJW activists apparently regard their job as brainwashing kids.

    • Royce E. Van Blaricome

      Oh, just STOP!! You’re making entirely too much sense. Give it a little time. You’ll have all the God-hating trolls come on and tell ya why.

      • Jenny Ondioline

        What does this have to do with hating God?

        • Royce E. Van Blaricome

          It’s simple. God says you love Him or hate Him. Friend or Enemy. Child of God or child of Satan. In Christ or Out.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            So you think this teacher did this because she hates God?

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Oh golly gee, I see you’re back again. Well, based on our previous conversations I doubt very much that is an honest question, truly seek an answer, nor that you care about what I think.

            However, for the edification of anyone else who reads this I’ll just say in some sense, yes, it is because she hates God. In a greater, more visible sense, it’s just because, like you, she’s spiritually-dead, totally depraved, and apart from God would do far worse things so is only doing what comes natural.

            And you are dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you walk according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them you live in the lusts of your flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:1-3)

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I just asked a question, why are you freaking out?

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            I just answered your question. Why do you assume I’m freaking out?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            She didn’t do what she did because she hates God. Get that straight first and foremost. She created a survey. God likely didn’t cross her mind. I am not even defending her or what she did, just saying “hating God” is completely irrelevant to this situation.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            So you say. Back to your mind reading games I see. Still exercising your faux omniscience I see. I’ll take God’s Words over yours every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Get that straight first and foremost. Thank you very much.

            “God likely didn’t cross her mind.”

            Like you would have a clue.,

            “I am not even defending her or what she did, just saying “hating God” is completely irrelevant to this situation.”

            So says you. I’ll take that under the same consideration I take everything else you say. Coming from a God-hater yourself it doesn’t hold much water.

            “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something” – Plato

          • Jenny Ondioline

            So for you to claim that she did this because she supposedly “hates God” is NOT faux omniscience? From whence comes your miraculous ability to know that she “hates God”, Royce? If you can contain your answer to reasonable tones and keep the name calling and meltdowns to a minimum, that’d be a good start.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            No, it’s not. Not at all. It’s called faith. I believe exactly what God has said in 2nd Tim. 3:16. God said it. That settles it. I’m just repeating what He has said.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            So because you have adopted a faith, you have inherited the power to tell people that they hate God even when they say no such thing?

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Having a little problem with English I see. I said nothing about “adopting a faith”. I said I have faith. Did I inherit a power? Absolutely! But that has nothing to do with telling people the truth and simply repeating what God has said.

            Thank you for once again proving God’s Word true.

            “Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” (John 8:47)

            “The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1st Cor. 2:14)

            A wise man once said it is better to keep your mouth shut and not show your ignorance than open it and remove all doubt. You should work on your wisdom a bit.

            “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something” – Plato

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You cannot know this woman’s attitude towards God based on just this story. We cannot possibly make the statement as you have that she hates God.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            You are a dense one, aren’t you? Sheesh! Once again, I stated quite clearly what I “based” my statement upon. Don’t know who the “we” is that you refer to but I’ve made it crystal clear, I not only can but I did make the statement and what I based it upon.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Your statement is based on nothing. You can’t know this woman hates God.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            As I’ve said SEVERAL times now, my statement is based on what God has said and therefore I know the woman hates God.

            It is now blatantly obvious that you just wanna talk to hear yourself talk and collect another Plato Award.

            “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something” – Plato

          • Jenny Ondioline

            It doesn’t matter what God has said, or what you think God has said, or what you imagine God has said (since God cannot speak). It’s irrelevant. You can’t tell someone that they hate God because they put together a survey. That’s daft and ridiculous and makes no sense whatsoever. You don’t know ANYTHING about this woman’s relationship with God. No one can, based solely on this news story.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Why do you persist on continuing to publicly display your deluded, self-induced god-complex? What arrogance! What ignorance! What unbelievable blindness to Reality!!!!

            NEWSFLASH: It DOES matter what God has said, and what I KNOW God has said, and it has NOTHING to do with what I imagine God has said (since God DOES speak and HAS SPOKEN).

            And I can tell someone they hate God precisely for those reasons. Moreover, you are a God-hater for those very same reasons and you prove it with everyone of your posts.

            Call it daft and ridiculous all you want and pretend it makes no sense whatsoever but you won’t be laughing and it won’t be nonsense to you when you are tormented non-stop FOREVER in the Lake of Fire because of your rejection of Almighty God and His love that He had for you.

            “You don’t know ANYTHING about this woman’s relationship with God. No one can, based solely on this news story.”

            Wrong again but I don’t expect you to see that either because you would rather rely on your own ways and wisdom than Almighty God’s.

            That’s in His Word too.

            “Trust in the LORD with all your heart
            And do not lean on your own understanding.
            In all your ways acknowledge Him,
            And He will make your paths straight.
            Do not be wise in your own eyes;
            Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” (Prov. 3:5-7)

            “There is a way which seems right to a man,
            But its end is the way of death.” (Prov. 14:12)

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Like I said before, God’s word – whether you heard it or not – is not germane to this discussion. The issue is the woman in the article, who said nothing about hating God – period. So I would really like to know where you get off saying such a blatantly false and ridiculous thing.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Like I said before, God’s Word – whether you heard it or not – is ALWAYS germane to this discussion. Or any discussion.

            Thus, the issue is the woman in the article, who said she hated God – period.

            So I would really like to know where you get off saying such a blatantly false and ridiculous thing.

            Uh, strike that. I don’t really wanna know. I already know. It’s called being a spiritually-dead minion of Satan and doing whatever he bids you to do.

            Like I told you before, probably more than once now, one can commit murder and deny it all they want and it will NEVER take away the fact that they committed murder.

            as it is written,

            “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
            THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
            THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
            ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
            THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,
            THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”
            “THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE,
            WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING,”
            “THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS”;
            “WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS”;
            “THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,
            DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS,
            AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN.”
            “THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.”
            (Rom. 3:10-18)

          • Sisyphus

            And you are the sole arbiter of making this distinction? Hmm, good to know.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            I have no idea where you would get that idea. Any Born Again child of God indwelt with the Holy Spirit and knows God’s Word can easily make that decision as well.

            But hey, thanks for showing you’re not one! No surprise there.

          • Sisyphus

            I guess I’m fortunate the depth of my love and commitment for God is not subject to your evaluation.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Not sure what god you’re referring to but certainly not God because He says otherwise.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Americans should stop putting other nationals and their own domestic sexually sinful people togeher. Putting the foreigners and sexually depraved people in the same category is the worst form of racism against the foreign people in the West. Having darker skin or different religions and being disabled or women is a complete different issue from being willfully sinful( homosexual, transgender, cross-dressing, etc).

  • Combi

    12-13 year olds sensed this was wrong. There are 5 year olds being taught about gender equality as part of the curriculum, that boys can use girls bathrooms if they feel like a girl. I wonder if they would be able to sense the ‘wrong’ when they get older, or accept it as per the indoctrination.

  • peanut butter

    Well, I don’t imagine she DID respond to your request for comment. This is indefensible.

  • Roncoat

    Man that Donald Trump sure has turned this country around. Hasn’t he?