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Parents Complain About School's 'Heterosexual Questionnaire'

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Parents Complain About School's 'Heterosexual Questionnaire'

by The Associated Press

May 16, 2006 - 9:00 pm ET

(Port Washington, Wisconsin) About two dozen parents and community members complained to a high school principal after two teachers there approved the release of a "heterosexual questionnaire" designed to raise awareness of gay-based issues.

The 10-question survey included questions such as, "What do you think caused your heterosexuality?" and "When did you decide you were heterosexual?"

The survey was given to about 400 of Port Washington High School's 930 students, principal Duane Woelfel said. It happened on April 25, the eve of the national Day of Silence, an annual event co-sponsored by the New York City-based Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

Woelfel said he didn't know about the survey until a parent gave him a copy the next day.

"We were extremely concerned when we found out about it, and we're going to make sure that it doesn't happen again," Woelfel said.

The student organization Students for Unity distributed the questionnaire and led a class discussion on it with the approval of two teachers.

The message behind the survey was presumably that "students who have an alternative lifestyle get asked these questions every day, so please be considerate. It was an exercise in compassion and understanding that did not work out real well," Woelfel said.

The survey violated school policy because parents weren't given the opportunity in advance to decide whether their children should participate, Woelfel said.

The school is investigating the incident and will, along with the superintendent's office, decide whether to discipline the two teachers, Woelfel said.

©365Gay.com 2006

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