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Parents angry
over "heterosexual questionnaire" at Wisconsin high
school

The questionnaire, passed out to students at Port Washington High School, has some angry parents calling for action.

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A "heterosexual questionnaire" passed out to students at Port Washington High School in Wisconsin has some angry parents and administrators promising action. The questionnaire, created by the school's pro-gay Students for Unity club and approved by two teachers, asked students questions such as: "If you have never slept with someone of your same gender, then how do you know you wouldn't prefer it?" reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

During the national Day of Silence on April 25, hundreds of students were told to submit written answers and discuss the survey. Students for Unity then led full class-period discussions. Two teachers approved distribution of the survey. The principal did not.

Parent Lisa Krier this week called for the two teachers to be disciplined, saying the survey was a form of sexual harassment by teachers against students. "If somebody doesn't call them on it, it will continue," she told the Sentinel.

Both principal Duane Woelfel and Patty Ruth, president of the Port Washington-Saukville school board, said the survey was inappropriate and that proper authorization was not given before it was brought into classrooms. "The message that really needs to go out at this point is that this administration will ensure that this type of survey will never go out again," Ruth said.

Woelfel said he has received complaints from about two dozen parents and community members regarding the survey. He estimated that the survey was given to about 400 of the school's 930 students. Woelfel said that the Students for Unity's goal of trying to prevent harassment of all people with "alternative lifestyles" is good but that the survey was not appropriate. The two teachers "are very remorseful," he said.

According to the Sentinel, some of the questions apparently were intended to make heterosexuals understand what it's like to be gay or lesbian. Those questions included: "What do you think caused your heterosexuality?" and "When did you decide you were heterosexual?" Students in the group presenting the survey were trying to convey 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 Advocate)

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