A teacher of a freshman health class at Sentinel High School reportedly handed out a questionnaire to students that contained “questions regarding students’ sexual orientation,” according to NBC Montana. A concerned parent reached out to NBC Montana and explained that “her freshman student felt uncomfortable about the questionnaire handed out at the end of class.” The handout contained the following questions:
- Define heterosexuality.
- How can you tell if someone is heterosexual (straight)?
- Do you think straights flaunt their sexuality? If so, why?
- Who assumes the dominant role and who assumes the passive role in a straight relationship?
- 40 percent of married couples get divorced. Why is it so difficult for straights to stay in long-term relationships?
- Considering the consequences of overpopulation, could the human race survive if everyone were heterosexual?
- 99 percent of reported rapists are heterosexual. Why are straights so sexually aggressive?
- The majority of child molesters are heterosexuals. Do you consider it safe to expose children to heterosexual teachers, scout leaders, and coaches?
- Are you offended when a straight person of the other gender “comes on” to you?
The parent who spoke to NBC Montana reportedly explained that the assignment was “handed out at the end of class with no discussion.” NBC Montana additionally reported that Missoula County Public Schools explained to them that “the questionnaire was not a part of the approved curriculum and says remedial actions have been taken to keep it from happening again.” The school district further explained the situation in a statement:
When the handout was brought to the District’s attention, there was an immediate investigation and the handout was removed. MCPS has a “challenged materials” procedure that anyone can access. Generally, the challenged materials procedure is used when there is a challenge of curriculum material used in our classrooms. However, the handout in this particular incident was not part of the curriculum and should not have been used, as it is not part of our approved instructional materials for this unit.