Parents who are trying to raise well-adjusted, happy children in North Carolina have something new to worry about: the state’s public schools.
Students in Charlotte, N.C. were asked to take a survey in school that questioned them on their own gender and sexual orientation.
WCNC-TV reports that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) handed out the survey to students as young as fifth graders. It asked all students to identify their gender, but students starting in the sixth grade were asked about being transgender and their gender orientation.
The survey’s questions ostensibly aim to get students’ “feedback on school climate, safety, behavior, harassment, and bullying.”
Many parents felt that the questions were inappropriate for children. Maureen Henry wrote, “There is absolutely no reason for the school to be asking about children’s sexuality. It grossly oversteps the bounds of schools and is an utter invasion of privacy.”
Terri Major Flannagan commented she has “no trust in my child’s schooling anymore. I am advising my children that ANYTHING other than a scheduled test from their teacher that they may decline. And somehow I have to trust a 8 and 10 year old understand this. Unbelievable.”
Neysha Gonzalez also wrote, “Just asked my 6th grader and she said it was mandatory, and I agree some of the questions were inappropriate.”
The three questions that were added to the student survey included:
- How do you describe your gender identity?
- Do you identify as transgender?
- Which of the following best describes your sexual orientation?
WCNC reports the following were some of the options to those questions: Non-binary, Gender fluid, Gay or Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, Asexual, Not sure
Superintendent Earnest Winston released a statement on Feb. 22 explaining that “several people have shared concerns about the wording of the new questions,” prompting their removal from the student survey.