Roy High School teacher placed on leave after handing out 'questionable survey'

ROY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- A teacher from Roy High School was placed on administrative leave after school officials say he or she distributed a "questionable survey" to students.

The survey was part of an Adult Roles concurrent enrollment course. Officials with Weber School District say the course requires consent from parents due to the lessons on human sexuality.

"The survey that was distributed to students elicited information about sexually explicit activities and delinquent behavior, and parental consent was not obtained for this particular set of questions, as is required by state and federal law," school officials said.

Heather Miller became concerned when her daughter brought the survey home last week.

"The questionnaire came home, my daughter was upset about it," said Miller. "She was upset about the scoring system on the bottom she said 'I'm hopeless and condemned.'"

Miller posted the survey on social media questioning whether it was appropriate.

The survey is given to students enrolled in the Adult Roles class at Roy High School.  It's a class open to juniors and seniors.

But some of the questions asked students about their personal habits ranging from dating to sex and drugs.

"Some of the questions were 'do you smoke pot?  Do you smoke cigarettes? Have you tried angel dust? Have you ever had an abortion?," said Miller.

Weber School District officials said parents have to give permission for their sons or daughters to take the class.

"I was just in shock," said Miller. "I had to take a couple of days to think was this really happening."

Miller contacted the school district after getting no response from the teacher.

"When we looked at it, it was obviously inappropriate in what it was asking and we're investigating it right now," said Weber School District spokesman Lane Findlay.

Findlay said even though parents signed off to allow their student to take the class, parents were never told this type of survey would be given.
 
Miller didn't like the idea that the survey was not anonymous.

"Being turned in for a grade, I could not understand the point of it," said Miller.

Miller said the teacher has been with the school for many years and questions if the survey has been given to students before.

Findlay also said their investigation will look into whether the teacher has sent the survey out in past years.

The district extends their "sincere apology" to the students and parents of the student asked to complete the questionnaire.

"Although we strive for a standard of perfection in teaching, occasionally mistakes are made. In such cases, it will be dealt with appropriately, always with the best interests of our students in mind."

State laws prohibit surveys that elicit information about a student's sexual behaviors, orientation, attitudes, and involvement in "any illegal or incriminating behavior".

Police confirm with ABC4 the survey was posted on the website Scary Mommy.


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