Concerned parents reached out to leadership at Sentinel High School in Missoula, Montana this past month after learning that a questionnaire on sexual orientation had been used for in-class discussions with freshmen high school students.
One student told their parents that a survey handed out at the end of a health class had made them feel uncomfortable, according to the NBC affiliate in Montana. The fifteen-question survey included probing inquiries on sexually-related subject matters.
The survey asked:
- “Do you think straights flaunt their sexuality? If so, why?”
- “40 percent of married couples get divorced. Why is it so difficult for straights to stay in long-term relationships?”
- “Considering the consequences of overpopulation, could the human race survive if everyone were heterosexual?”
- “99 percent of reported rapists are heterosexual. Why are straights so sexually aggressive?”
- “The majority of child molesters are heterosexuals. Do you consider it safe to expose children to heterosexual teachers, scout leaders, and coaches?”
According to the student’s parent, who asked to remain anonymous, the survey was given at the end of class with no explanation or context.
Members of the community, like Katie Kutz, a resident of Missoula county, said they felt the subject matter was inappropriate for early teenagers.
"Who assumes the dominant role and who assumes the passive role in a straight relationship. The fact that is being talked about to 14 and 15-year-olds just absolutely blows my mind," Kutz said.
Missoula County Public Schools said the questionnaire is not a part of the school’s curriculum and was used only for in-class discussions. Additionally, the school said students who received the survey were not expected to fill out answers to the inquiries.
"The handout was intended as a demonstration exercise to show how certain questions can be seen as offensive," the school said in a statement.
School leadership also said Sentinel High would implement measures to prevent similar incidents.