A mother of two who enrolled her kids into a new school is outraged over a survey they were given without parental consent.
*TRIGGER WARNING – some readers may find this content distressing*
Brandy Sobotka-Ramos, who lives in Idaho, had put her son and daughter, aged nine and 11, into a new local school when they were told to complete a survey, which is designed for adults, called the Adverse Childhood Experiences survey, Fox News reported.
The survey, frequently cited as a landmark in epidemiological research, was conducted to determine childhood trauma in adults by the American health maintenance organisation Kaiser Permanente and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention between 1995 and 1997.
There are 10 questions, including “Did an adult or person at least 5 years older than you ever touch or fondle you or have you touch their body in a sexual way or try to actually have oral, anal, or vaginal sex with you?”
Another question was “Did you often feel that your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed it?”
and also: “Did you often feel that your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed it?” And then this one: “Was a household member depressed or mentally ill or did a household member attempt suicide?”
The school did not contact the parents before giving the survey to the young children.
“My children were required to complete this in class and were told it was not optional, but anonymous unless they chose to include their names,” Ms Sobotka-Ramos told Fox News.
“I never dreamed I would be explaining anal and oral to my babies.”
She said she went back to the Heritage Academy and obtained a copy of the ACE questionnaire only after one of her kids climbed into the car and started telling her about it.
Ms Sobotka-Ramos is just one of several parents, grandparents and community members deeply upset and determined that the school administrator who issued the survey, licensed counsellor Christine Ivie, be held accountable.
About 100 local people have banded together in a private Facebook group ‘Call to Action: Heritage Academy’ to express anger and “seek justice”.
“If the Heritage Academy School board will not do its job and respect its stakeholders, we will also hold them responsible,” Ms Sobotka-Ramos said. “We will do whatever is necessary to protect our children and the future children.”
Would you be totally outraged if your children were subjected to this survey? Or is it a great prevention method?
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