Sixth-graders in a health class at Lithonia Middle School in Dekalb County, Ga., were given a quiz testing their knowledge of sexual preferences. Students were asked to identify ten sexual identities, including gay, lesbian, transgender, and more. It is unclear whether this assignment was curriculum approved by the school district or whether the teacher just decided to distribute the quiz on her own.
Parent Octavia Parks was livid. “Why are they teaching that in school?” she asked Fox 5 Atlanta. “What does that have to do with life?” Noted Parks, “We’re talking about a sixth-grader who still watches Nickelodeon. I’m not ready to explain what these words are—nor what they mean.” Parks had talked with the health teacher voicing her concerns about this kind of subject matter in advance of the assignment. The health teacher had reassured Parks that this kind of subject matter would not be taught in the classroom. Though the school district issued a statement in response saying it would “investigate” the “alleged event,” Parks was not satisfied. She is now taking her case to the school district directly.
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