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November 03, 2005

Ninth Circus Court strips parental right

From WorldNetDaily...

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday against parents who sued their local school district after their elementary-age children were given a sexually charged survey, saying there is "no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children." 

The three-judge panel of the full court further ruled that parents "have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students." 

Homeschooling's sounding a whole lot more interesting now, eh.

The controversy began in 2001 when a volunteer "mental health counselor" at Mesquite Elementary School set out to conduct a psychological assessment test of students in the first, third and fifth grades. 

A letter to parents asked for their consent to conduct the study but did not indicate that questions of a sexual nature would be asked. The survey included 79 questions divided into four parts. Ten of those questions were of a sexual nature.

The questions the parents objected to asked about the frequency of...

“Touching my private parts too much 
Thinking about having sex 
Thinking about touching other people's private parts 
Thinking about sex when I don't want to 
Washing myself because I feel dirty on the inside 
Not trusting people because they might want sex 
Getting scared or upset when I think about sex 
Having sex feelings in my body 
Can't stop thinking about sex 
Getting upset when people talk about sex”

One has to wonder with the rash of teacher to student molestation in the country why the school would want to know such things. Are they targeting?

Posted by Danny Carlton at November 3, 2005 05:51 AM

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I can't believe this. I almost fell off my chair reading those questions. And they say this is a "free country". Ha! Sounds more like Nazi Germany to me.

Posted by: Heather at November 3, 2005 08:54 PM

Sure, what the school did, in allowing research to be carried out on minors without getting a fully-informed consent of the parents stinks, but according to the case, it was being done to try and work out what effect trauma has on minors (which could be expressed in abnormal sexual behaviour) and the information would not have been accessible to teachers.

The ruling seems little different to those of other circuits (although they had related to specific curriculum issues). Guess we'll see how that is upheld if Kansas parents want to take their kids out of any lessons teaching Intelligent Design. Personally though, I'd say settle it the best way - if you don't like what they do, vote them out!

Posted by: Paul at December 5, 2005 10:28 AM

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