Parents of Students at Middle School Concerned After State Survey Asks Children About Their ‘Sexual Orientation,’ ‘Gender Identity’

BOURBON, Mo. — Some parents at a middle school is Missouri have expressed objection after a survey from the state Department of Mental Health asked students about their so-called “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

The Missouri Student Survey, also known as the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Survey, is sent to schools every other year to understand the issues that students face, from bullying to drug use to suicide. Children grades 6-12 complete the survey, and are informed that they may leave any questions blank that make them feel uncomfortable.

This year, the survey also asked students about whether they consider themselves to be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or “other,” and if they identify as transgender. It stated that the questions were being asked to “better understand the health and healthcare needs of people with different sexual orientations.”

“Do you consider yourself to be transgender? This is when your gender identity (how you feel) is different than how your body is (your anatomy),” one question read in part, and also allowed the answer of “prefer not to respond.”

The questions upset some parents, who spoke with local television station KMOV about the matter.

“It’s inappropriate subject matter for sixth graders to be answering questions on,” said parent Shane Burns.

“To me, anybody asking my 11-year-old daughter if she likes girls or boys and if she [identifies as] transgender, … if it’s not coming from me [as their parent], that’s just perverted,” also remarked parent Courtney West.

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Following the controversy, Brian Witt, the principal of Bourbon High School and Middle School, sent a letter to parents to advise that he did not like the questions either, and that he has requested that the Department of Mental Health not ask such questions of his students in the future.

“School districts are not provided with the survey questions prior to giving the survey to students,” he outlined. “This year, there were two questions on sexuality included in the survey. When I was made aware of the questions, I contacted the Department of Mental Health and asked for those questions to be removed from the survey.”

Witt said that the Department agreed to remove the questions from future surveys submitted to his schools.

He also explained that parents will receive prior notice of the survey in the future, and that administrators will “be diligent in a request to review any future survey content from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.”

Read the letter in full by clicking here.

View previous Missouri Student Surveys by clicking here.

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  • Parents might want to question the mental health of their Dept of Mental Health.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    nunya …………..

  • TheSayer

    Had a hunch that what they called ‘sex ed’ would develop into this and will progress into something worser.

  • MaryWaterton

    Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is doing her part to unwind this kind of evil initiated by Obama, but she needs help from Christians like you and me at the grassroots level.

    • LynnRH

      just tell me what I need to do and i’m ON IT!!!!!

  • Lydia Church

    Statistically speaking, it is interesting how many responses are ‘other’ while there is only one for heterosexual, increasing the chances for another answer, which is the outcome they are looking for of course. “3 out of 5 did not select ‘heterosexual'”… etc., I can see the headline already…

    And everyone knows the younger the kid you ask, the less they are drawn to the opposite sex, like in kindergarten if you even want to team up a girl and boy, they both cringe away, or mention kissing in an innocent way, if they see a picture of a married couple (man and woman) kissing, they get grossed out and say “ewww!” because their hormones are at that level, but if you do the same after puberty and adolescence, the outcome is the opposite, you get “ooooh yeah!” and cat calls, howling, etc. so it all depends on the age factor, and this can be used to modify the results of surveys also.

  • Mamdani

    Omg. What happened to reading , writing and arthritic? Good heavens. When I have grandkids, I am personally going to pay for them all to go to decent private schools. My older kids totally agree.

  • C Joseph

    The real purpose of asking these questions that are disguised under the guise of understanding, is to prep the kids to believe and accept the lie that this is all normal, everyone is doing it, and your genitalia is not what you are.