When Georgia mom Octavia Parks found out her daughter was quizzed on 10 different “sexual identities” in her health class at Lithonia Middle School, she was not happy. She feels like her daughter is too young for this subject matter, so she spoke to the teacher and opted out of the lesson in writing, but her daughter was included anyway, and that’s why she’s upset.
Students were given definitions like “a woman who is attracted to a woman” and asked to write down the sexual identity term that went with it. And while knowing the correct words for sexual identities is important, Parks insists these conversations should happen when parents decide their kids are ready.
"We're talking about a sixth grader who still watches Nickelodeon,” she explains. “I'm not ready to explain what these words are nor what they mean.”
News about the assignment as gone viral and sparked a debate about whether it’s appropriate. Plenty of parents agree with Parks that it should be handled at home, but others think it’s important to let your children be exposed to proper comprehensive sex education, in a safe environment like the classroom.
The DeKalb County School District says it’s investigating the event and Parks says she’ll be following up to see what kind of action they take. She also says she’s removing her daughter from that class. No matter how you feel about the issue, the school should’ve respected her wishes as the parent.
Source: The Stir