A number of parents have spoken out against the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Missouri Student Survey, which was issued at school and asked their sixth grade children whether they feel like they were born in the wrong gender.
One parent, Samantha Overkramer, told KMOV, “The most inappropriate one was if they were transgender or thought about changing genders,” Overkramer said. “My daughter, I mean she just doesn’t understand that.”
Courtney West, parent of one of the students at Bourbon Middle School in the Crawford R-1 School District, commented, “To me, anyone asking my 11-year-old daughter if she likes girls or boys, and if she wants to be transgender, if that’s not a parent, or it’s not coming from me, that’s just perverted.”
The survey, which is also known as the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Community survey, inquired whether some boys feel like they were born in the wrong bodies and should be girls, and vice versa.
It also asked questions about mental health, bullying and suicidal behavior.
Students across grades 6 through 12 were asked to take the survey, which is designed to “understand the risk behavior by teens and help tailor prevention programs.”
Many parents, such as, said that some of the questions went too far for young students.
Shane Burns said about his son:
“He thought it was incredibly inappropriate, he was worried about some of the kids had no idea what the stuff was and now they know. It’s kind of a parent’s choice to introduce that kind of subject matter.”
Bourbon Middle School Principal Brian Witt argued in a letter that students “did not have to answer any question on the survey that made them feel uncomfortable,” and also claimed that the district was not aware of the specific questions.
The Department of Mental Health has said that school districts have the right to opt out of various sections of the survey should they choose so.
The controversy has since prompted Crawford R1 School District to remove the questions on gender identity from the surveys, KMOV reported.
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Source: Christian Post