Ludlow School Survey Controversy
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) —
Some say theses survey questions are too specific, even inappropriate. Questions like have you had oral sex, vaginal or anal sex?
It’s part of a survey that 6th, 8th,10th and 12th graders in Ludlow will be part of.
“For 6th graders? No no!” said Tara Davis.
We showed the survey questions to parents in town.
“The kids have to answer these questions? I don’t like that at all, very offensive,” said parent Michelle Danek.
“I think this is very inappropriate for 6th graders,” said Sara Sweeney.
Joe, who wished not to identify his last name but has a 6th grader at Baird Middle School says, “Sixth and eighth graders are going to read these words and come home and ask what they mean.” said Joe.
The main questionnaire covers all kinds of topic’s and it asks if kids have taken L-S-D-, sniffed glue or inhaled aerosols. Parents say some kids don’t even know about that stuff yet and this could give them ideas.
“If you have sniffed glue, they’re gonna put thoughts in kids heads. As parents we work hard to monitor what they watch on TV, what they’re exposed to and this works against us,” added Joe.
The survey is called “Prevention Needs Assessment.” The school sent home this letter telling parents about it, saying the survey could help the district get grant money.
It can also give the school information to help them develop appropriate health education curriculum. For many parents, no reason is good enough to cross that line.
Interim Superintendent, Donna Hogan, told abc40, “We understand it could be uncomfortable for some parents, so we are giving them the option to opt out their child if they so choose to.” Hogan emphasizes that the survey is voluntary, not mandatory.