A Florida middle school teacher handed out a survey to her sixth-grade students that left them — and their parents — in shock.
Daryl Cox's students at Fox Chapel Middle School in Spring Hill were supposed to read statements on the survey and respond according to how comfortable they were with each scenario, WTSP-TV reported.
Some of the statements included:
"A friend invites you to go to a gay bar."
"You go to the gay bar and a person of the same sex invites you to dance."
"You discover that the cute young man/woman that you are attracted to is actually a woman/man."
"You discover your teenage brother kissing a male friend."
"Your two next door neighbors in your hall are lesbian/gay."
"Your mother 'comes out' to you."
Other statements in the survey describe scenarios dealing with race, religion and ethnicity — and comes from a book "Exploring White Privilege" by philosophy professor Robert Amico, WTSP said.
The topics are certainly fair game for college students — but the school officials agreed they aren't appropriate for 12-year-olds. Cox, who was on a probationary period of employment, was fired, WTSP reported.
Tori Drews, a sixth-grader at the school, told WFTS-TV she got the survey during her 7th period "Leader in Me" class.
Sixth-grader Tori Drews called the survey "very inappropriate." (Image source: WFTS-TV video screen cap)
"There were children that were saying this is wrong. 'Why are we doing this?' 'Does this have a reason?'" Drews told WFTS. "She was going, 'Yeah this is kind of wrong ... maybe I should take it back.' Kids were asking if they could share it with their parents. She was like, 'No. Don't show your mom. Don't take that home. I'm taking it back up.'"
Apparently some students didn't follow that directive.
"I thought it was very inappropriate," Drews added to WFTS, noting she found some survey statements "racist" and "sexist."
WFTS and WTSP asked the teacher for her side of the story, but neither station received replies.