Are you offended by the question posed in the title of this post?
Yeah, me too.
Imagine how much more offended, no outraged, you would be if this same question was posed to your middle school child without your permission.
As you may have guessed, this is not a hypothetical.
A middle school in Massachusetts is under fire for requiring children to complete a graphic sex survey — without parental knowledge or consent — that included questions about sexual partners and oral sex.
The Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties organization, filed a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Education against the Fitchburg School Committee. They are representing the two middle school-aged daughters of Arlene Tessitore.
Tessitore said her daughters, both students at Memorial Middle School, were told they had to complete a Youth Risk Behavior Study.
“Kids were actually told to sit down and take them,” said John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “The parents here are very upset.”
Whitehead said the girls were deeply disturbed by the subject matter of the study – including questions about suicide, drug use and sexual behavior.
“One of the questions is, ‘have you ever had oral sex,’” Whitehead said. “You’re talking about kids who probably don’t even know what oral sex is.”
He said the survey also delved into even more graphic language.
Back in the day, the appropriate response would have been to go up to the school and punch the principal in the mouth. But the principal in question is your typical amoral bureaucrat who never even imagines that she can say no to the government.
Principal Fran Thomas told Fox News Radio that students were indeed given the survey – and admits it was graphic. But Thomas said the school has nothing to do with the content and they were required to administer the survey to fulfill a grant requirement.
“I can take no responsibility for what’s on that survey,” Thomas said. “It’s not generated by the school system.”
Frannie, Frannie, Frannie. Just because you take no responsibility does not mean you are not responsible. Frannie, dear, if you were required to administer the survey to fulfill a grant requirement, then you write a nice letter back to the Government Bureau For The Destruction of Little Souls and tell them, politely of course, to give you euphemistic oral sex and shove the grant where the sun don’t shine. You know, for the kids.
ht to Nancy for the story.