Children as young as 12 were asked a range of inflammatory questions, including how they would react if their mother came out as homosexual, as part of a survey handed out in a Florida school.
Students at Fox Chapel Middle School were asked to indicate their ‘comfort level’ with different scenarios such as receiving an invitation to a “gay bar” or coming across their “teenage brother kissing a male friend”.
The teacher responsible for handing out the questionnaire has since been fired.
The survey, called ‘How Comfortable Am I?’, listed different situations concerning sexuality, race and religion and asked students to indicate how they felt about them, from “Completely Comfortable” to “Not Comfortable at all”.
Scenarios included a student finding out that their sister’s new boyfriend is a “female-to-male transsexual”, and discovering that “the cute young man/woman” they are attracted to is “actually a woman/man”.
The survey, which was based on a book called Exploring White Privilege, was met with shock by parents and pupils, including one 12-year-old girl who described it as “very inappropriate”.
Karen Jordan, a public information officer in the school district, said: “In no way does that assignment meet the standards of appropriate instructional material.”
In the UK last year, school children were given 25 options to choose from – including “tri-gender” and “demi-boy” – in a gender survey which was described as bizarre and misleading.
Teenagers in Brighton were given the survey, which was produced by the Government-sponsored Children’s Commissioner for England.
The pupils were told they could choose ‘as many as they wanted’ from a variety of responses alongside “girl”, “boy”, “female” and “male”.
Simon Calvert, Deputy Director for Public Affairs at The Christian Institute, commented: “We must not intrude on childhood by deliberately confusing school children about what makes a boy a boy or a girl a girl just to satisfy adult political agendas.
“We must protect children from being made to feel that passing phases of confused feelings about themselves – which many go through – must be turned into life-changing moral and political decisions.”