Gatesville: School survey about sex, drugs, alcohol raises parents’ ire
Some parents are fuming after a 21-question anonymous survey was administered to Gatesville Middle School students that asked questions about a range of personal topics including sex, drug and alcohol use, bullying, suicide and birth control.
“We made a mistake,” Gatesville Superintendent Barrett Pollard said Friday.
"We understand why parents are upset and we are apologizing and trying to make things right," he said.
The district sent letters to the students’ parents that include information about the survey and an apology.
The survey from the Coryell County Health Department included questions about seatbelt use, texting and driving, types of weapons carried, sex, domestic violence, bullying, suicide and tobacco, alcohol and drug use.
It also asked about use of condoms for birth control and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and about the number of hours of sleep students get on school nights.
The survey was also to have been administered to Gatesville High School students, but Pollard said the district has pulled the remaining questionnaires.
The surveys completed by the middle school students will be discarded, he said.
"We will not have any surveys like that in the future."