Some parents at a Pennsylvania middle school are upset with the administration because, they say, their children were asked whether they were gay during a workshop aimed at stopping bullying.
Eighth-graders at Imperial, Pa.’s West Allegheny Middle School were attending a Kindness Workshop, created to promote an end to bullying, January 15, the Associated Press reports. They were asked several questions regarding their religious views, their family’s finances, their parents’ marital status, and their sexuality, and then put into different groups based on their answers. Some parents thought these questions were too personal to be answered in a public setting.
“There is now so much damage that was done to these children, and there’s no way to go back and make this better for them,” one parent told Pittsburgh TV station KDKA.
“She gave the bullies ammo!” another parent said of the workshop’s unintended consequences, which include reports of kids being bullied even more.
According to KDKA, some parents are considering legal action against West Allegheny, despite school board president Debbie Mirich offering a formal apology.
“We do stand behind the intentions of our workshop, and we look forward continuing our work with parents to address this very serious issue of bullying, and the unintentional acts that continue to marginalize different groups of students,” Mirich said.
Watch the report in the video below.