Parents: Middle School 'Crossed Line' With These Questions to Kids
Parents in Indiana are calling out a middle school for asking their children what goes on in their homes.
The survey asked students about their drug and alcohol use, but then the questions turned more personal.
Students at Noblesville West Middle School were asked to respond to the following statements:
"We argue about the same things in my family over and over."
“People in my family have serious arguments."
“People in my family often insult or yell at each other."
Michelle Bracewell, whose seventh-grade daughter took the survey, pushed back that those questions cross the line.
"If I want people to know about what's going on inside my home, I'll let them know," she said.
Officials counter that the survey is voluntary and used to identify risk factors in the home, as well as tailoring drug and alcohol awareness programs.
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“We ask these questions for purposes of public health,” said Ruth Gassman, Executive Director of the Indiana Prevention Resource Center.
But this year, in a pilot program, the IPRC asked students for their birthdate and initials, still optional, but parents claim that’s an invasion of privacy, too.
“It’d be very easy to go back and look at a birthdate and initials and see who the child was,” said Bracewell.
Gassman said that initial and birthdate information is not stored, instead it’s used to assign a generic numerical identification number to track students’ responses over a course of years.