“What does that have to do with life?”
A mother from Atlanta, Georgia has removed her 12-year-old daughter from health class after she brought home an assignment which asked students to name sexual and gender identity terms based on definitions.
“A person who is attracted to men and women,” reads one of the definitions, while another reads: “When a person’s gender identity doesn’t match the sex the doctor said they were when they were born”.
While the vocabulary quiz was fact-based and contained nothing inappropriate or explicit, Octavia Parks isn’t happy with Lithonia middle school for issuing the assignment to her daughter.
“Why are they teaching that in school? What does that have to do with life?” she asked. “We’re talking about a sixth-grader who still watches Nickelodeon. I’m not ready to explain what these words mean.”
Parks told WAGA-TV that she’s signed a consent form and returned it to the teacher to have her child removed from the health class where the quiz was issued.
“I will be removing her from that class and I’m also going to take it to the board of education to see what they have to say about it as well,” she continued.
A spokesperson for the DeKalb County School District issued a written statement confirming that they are investigating.
“DCSD has been made aware of this alleged event, and is working to verify its authenticity,” they said. “We will investigate this event and take action, as appropriate, once that investigation is completed.”