PARENTS STAND UP: Backlash after Sex Survey Distributed Without Parental Consent at Loudoun School

Loudoun County schools are making headlines again – this time for a sex survey that was distributed without parental knowledge. According to the Virginia Department of Health (developers of the survey) parents should have been notified and given the chance to opt out.

But Loudoun Valley High School decided to skip the necessary, legal steps.

According to Fox News, “The survey, which is voluntary, was given to at least 180 students at the high school and approximately 90 students completed it…The survey for high schoolers asks questions like, ‘Are you transgender?’ ‘Have you been tested for a sexually transmitted disease?’ ‘Have you ever had sexual intercourse?’ and, ‘[W]ith how many people have you had sexual intercourse?’” 

“One Loudoun County mother, who asked not to be identified, told 7News she was ‘livid and sickened’ by the questions, and that her 14-year-old daughter texted her while taking the survey and said she felt ‘uncomfortable.’”

Assistant principal Bill Gulgert says the survey was administered “without families being sent an opt-out form” and that the school “regrets this error.”