At least one pair of parents is fuming after their eighth-grade daughter came home from school saying that every student in her class had to indicate – publicly – how far they are prepared to go sexually.
The incident happened this week at Woodland Park Middle School in the San Diego, Calif. suburb of San Marcos, reports local ABC affiliate KGTV.
The parents, who don’t want to be named, say their 14-year-old daughter was embarrassed because the teacher in her family life and health class instructed her and all of her classmates to stand under one of several signs. Each sign was labeled with a different phrase.
Some of the labeled signs were innocuous, according to KGTV. These included “smiled at,” “hugged” and “kissed.”
Other signs, such as “above the waist,” “below the waist” and “all the way,” were to varying degrees considerably less innocuous.
“To put them up in front of their friends to be humiliated or to be asked questions that I believe are personal, it’s really none of the school’s business,” one of the peeved parents told the ABC station.
The parent added that her daughter felt confused and peer-pressured afterward.
Officials at the taxpayer-funded school defended the exercise, calling it a dating lesson.
“The parents sign permission slips for the class and can look at the curriculum prior,” the Woodland Park Middle School told KGTV. “The purpose of the lesson was to open the lines of communication between parents and students about dating expectations.”
It’s not clear how standing under signs labeled “above the waist” or “all the way” while at school would open up lines of communication between eighth graders and their parents.
The principal added that the school found the lesson at a community clinic and has used it for several years now.
According to the middle school’s website, the principal is Brian Randall.
The angry parents suggested that perhaps an anonymous student survey could be less humiliating for students.