Mom Outraged After Daughter Is Quizzed on 'Sexual Identities' at School

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Parental outrage over unconventional school assignments seems to be at an all-time high. Whether it be the mother who was stunned at real-life slave simulations taking place in her son's history class, or the parents across the Internet who were stumped at homework meant for kindergartners, moms and dads everywhere have been angered by school assignments they find problematic. One mother was left particularly upset after her daughter's school gave her an assignment asking her to provide "sexual identity definitions."

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Georgia mom Octavia Parks says her daughter was given an assignment by her Lithonia Middle School health teacher asking her to identify 10 different "sexual identities." Students were given definitions like "a woman who is attracted to women" or "a person who is attracted to men and women," and they were asked to write down which sexual identity the phrase corresponded with.

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Parks says her daughter is too young for an assignment of this nature and insists that these conversations happen when the parents decide their children are ready. "We're talking about a sixth grader who still watches Nickelodeon. I'm not ready to explain what these words are nor what they mean," Parks told local Fox 32 News

Parks also claims that sometime before the assignment was given, she sent her daughter's teacher a written consent form opting the girl out of the lesson -- but her daughter participated anyway. "[The health teacher and I] had a brief conversation and she assured me that this sort of thing would not happen -- nonetheless, it is happening," Parks explained.

Eva McClain, another parent whose daughter recently left Lithonia Middle School, told Fox 32 News that the assignment Parks's daughter was given had not been handed out in previous years. Like Parks, she said she agrees that conversations surrounding sexual identity should only occur between children and their parents, and not at school. 

The assignment has sparked a major debate since it went viral. Many agree with Parks and McClain that the worksheet is inappropriate.

But others have stressed the importance of allowing your children to have proper comprehensive sex education, especially in a safe environment like the classroom.

In response to the mother's outrage, DeKalb County School District released a written statement to Fox 32 News that reads, "DCSD has been made aware of this alleged event, and is working to verify its authenticity. We will investigate this event and take action, as appropriate, once that investigation is completed."

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But that's not good enough for Octavia Parks, who tells Fox 32 she'll continue to follow up with the school until they've taken decisive action either against the assignment or the teacher. "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 said.

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