Georgia Mother Upset by Middle School Quiz on Sexual Identity

Scott Slayton | Contributor | Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Georgia Mother Upset by Middle School Quiz on Sexual Identity

One Georgia mother wants to know why her child came home with a quiz where she had to differentiate between different sexual orientations and identities. Questions included identifying the proper terms for a woman who is attracted to other women, a man who is attracted to other men, and a person who is attracted to women and men. 

Octavia Parks, whose 12-year-old daughter is a 6th grader at Lithonia Middle School, wants to know why the school district includes this subject matter in a class filled with young children. Parks told Fox 5 Atlanta, “we’re talking about a sixth grader who still watches Nickelodeon.”

Parks signed a consent form for her child to opt out of this material. She also claims she had a discussion with the teacher about it, but says “none the less it is happening.”

A spokesman for the Dekalb County School District, located east of downtown Atlanta, issued a statement in which he addressed the concerns. “DCSD has been made aware of this alleged event, and is working to verify its authenticity. We will investigate this event and take action, as appropriate, once that investigation is completed.

Parks removed her daughter from the class and says she will be going directly to the school board as soon as the district’s fall break ends.

She remains perplexed why her child’s curriculum includes learning the correct term for a person whose “gender identity doesn’t match the sex (male or female) the doctor said when they were born.” She asked, “Why are they teaching that in school? What does that have to do with life?”


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Publication date: October 10, 2017