Mother furious over daughter’s sixth-grade homework assignment on gender identity (see homework)

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One Georgia mother is up in arms after her daughter came home from Lithonia Middle School with a homework assignment on sexual identity, a subject she thought her sixth-grader should be taught at home.

Octavia Parks was not happy when the first question on her daughter’s homework assignment asked the term for a “woman that loves another woman.”

The rest of the nine-question sheet quizzed students on a plethora of sexual orientation vocabulary, asking the terms for a “person that loves both men and women” and people that “include gay, lesbian, and bisexual people as well as others that don’t identify as straight.”

The descriptions included:

  • A woman who is attracted to women [answer: lesbian]
  • A man who is attracted to men [answer: gay]
  • A person who is attracted to men and women [answer: bisexual]
  • When the person’s gender identity doesn’t match the sex (male or female) the doctor said they were when they were born [answer: transgender]

Octavia Parks told WAGA-TV that she thought the assignment was wholly inappropriate. “Why are they teaching that in school? What does that have to do with life?”

“We’re talking about a sixth-grader who still watches Nickelodeon,” she told the station, regarding her 12-year-old girl. “I’m not ready to explain what these words are nor what they mean.”

Parks says she opted her daughter out of the health class.

“I’m also going to take it to the board of education to see what they have to say about it, as well,” she added.

DeKalb County School District responded with this statement:

“DCSD has been made aware of this alleged event, and is working to verify its authenticity,” the district told WAGA in a written statement. “We will investigate this event and take action, as appropriate, once that investigation is completed.”

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