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Sixth Graders Questioned on Sexual Preference at Bourbon Middle School

BOURBON, Mo. - "A lot of that was completely ridiculous for an eleven year old to have to answer."

Parents of students at Bourbon Middle School are outraged over questions asked in a survey filled out by sixth graders on Thursday.

It's a survey done by the State Department of Mental Health every other year to learn about teen behavior, to tailor prevention programs.

But parents believe the students are too young for such personal questions.

"The most inappropriate one was if they were transgender or thought about changing genders. My daughter, I mean she just doesn't understand that," Samantha Overkramer says.

The school sent home a letter on Friday saying that students: "[they] did not have to answer any questions on the survey that made them feel uncomfortable."

But parents said students were told they had to answer all questions or they'd be in trouble.

The letter also said: "school districts are not provided with the survey questions prior to giving the survey to students."

But the Department of Mental Health said districts dont have to take the survey and can actually opt out of sections.

Districts would have to know the questions to do that.

This survey has even raised concerns for some sixth graders.

"He thought it was incredibly inappropriate, he was worried about some of the kids had no idea what the stuff was and now they know. It's kind of a parent's choice to introduce that kind of subject matter," Shane Burns says.

Because of parents complaints, questions on sexual orientation have been removed from any future surveys in the district.

(Russell Kinsaul, KMOV for CNN)


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