Lithonia, Georgia mom Octavia Parks was left dumbfounded after discovering her 12 year old daughter’s health class homework.
The sixth grade student from Lithonia Middle School in Lithonia, Georgia was given an assignment last week asking students to name sexual identity terms — such as gay, lesbian and transgender — based on their definitions.
The “Identity Definitions” assignment defined the terms as follows:
- A woman who is attracted to women [answer: lesbian]
- A man who is attracted to men [answer: gay]
- A person who is attracted to men and women [answer: bisexual]
- When the person’s gender identity doesn’t match the sex (male or female) the doctor said they were when they were born [answer: transgender]
“We’re talking about a sixth-grader who still watches Nickelodeon,” Parks told FOX 5 Atlanta WAGA-TV. “Why are they teaching that in school? What does that have to do with life?”
Parks told WAGA she opted her daughter out of the health class.
“I’m not ready to explain what these words are nor what they mean,” continued Ms. Parks.
“I’m also going to take it to the board of education to see what they have to say about it as well,” Parks said.
WAGA TV also interviewed Eva McClain, the mother of a former Lithonia Middle School student, about the controversial health class curriculum. Ms. McClain said the sexual identity quiz wasn’t part of the curriculum when her daughter previously took the same health class from the same teacher.
“If a kid wants to know about their gender or know about their sex preference, it should come from the parents, not from the school,” McClain said.
The School District quickly responded to the news story with a written statement.
“DCSD has been made aware of this alleged event, and is working to verify its authenticity,” the Dekalb County School District told WAGA. “We will investigate this event and take action, as appropriate, once that investigation is completed.”
It’s unclear if the homework assignment was part of the district-wide approved curriculum, or specific just to this class or school.