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BREAKING: EFA Obtains Copies of State-Wide School Survey That Asks Children About Heroin, Guns, Sex

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) will survey middle schoolers about their sex lives and sex-related discussions they have with their parents.

By: Sloan Rachmuth


Middle school students as young as 11 are asked:

  • if they have done heroin or crack cocaine

  • if they have had sex

  • if they discuss sex with parents

  • how fast they could get and be ready to fire a loaded gun without parental consent

  • how many hours they are left home alone on school days

High students are asked:

  • the age they first had sex

  • how many sexual partners they have had

  • if they have gay sex

Every two years, NCDPI's Healthy Schools, with the CDC, distributes a survey to select middle and high schools across the state called the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The surveys this year will be administered from September through December in school districts and charter schools chosen at random.

Through the YRBS, the CDC monitors six categories of health-related behaviors:

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence

  • Sexual behaviors related to pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases

  • Alcohol and other drug use

  • Tobacco use

  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors

  • Inadequate physical activity

Most questions used for the middle school survey came from the CDC's bank of questions. But several sensitive questions about children's home lives - including sexual conversations and times their parents left them alone, were apparently prepared by the NCDPI. Several sexually graphic questions recommended by the CDC were also not included in the final survey.

State policy mandates that school administrators inform parents before the survey date to allow them to opt their child out. The parental consent form for middle schoolers reads:

The survey will ask about nutrition, physical activity, injuries, and tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. It will also ask about abstinence, AIDS, and STD education.

Absent the form was the fact that 6th-8th graders would be queried about their own sexual behavior and the behavior of their parents.

According to State Board of Education chair Eric Davis, the survey data will determine future programs and policies in North Carolina public schools.

In a memo Davis sent to schools, the chair said that student information will only be reported to the state in the aggregate and that personal information would be highly safeguarded.

North Carolina was one of only ten states where middle schoolers take part in the survey as of 2019.

To read the surveys, permission forms, and letter from Eric Davis, click below.

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Chuck W
Chuck W
Sep 23, 2021

Vile government overreach! Parents must assert themselves and not allow government to usurp their responsibility as parents. Schools are to teach academics, not parent children. An individual teacher should get to know her students and contact parents when they see a concern. Schools should not be surveying in order to have impersonal groups create non-academic programs that take time away from academics.

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