Sex question nixes NHS fundraiser

by Celia Shortt

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Due to the sensitivity and privacy concerns with the question, the fundraiser was canceled.


Newnan High School Principal Chase Puckett canceled a longtime Valentine’s Day fundraiser for the school Friday because of an inappropriate sexual orientation question asked through a student survey.

On Thursday, students were given a survey that asked questions about their dating interests. The information from the survey was to be compiled, and later students would be allowed to pay a dollar in order to find their “perfect match.” The fundraiser was organized by an in-school student organization that Puckett would not identify on Friday.

Puckett said the event is usually a fun, lighthearted way to share a common interest. This year, however, a question was added that the administration did not catch.

The survey asked: “You are more attracted to: same sex, opposite sex, both sexes, or not sure.”

Due to the sensitivity and privacy concerns with that question, Puckett canceled the fundraiser on Friday and sent letters to parents that detailed the situation.

“When we became aware of this question’s inclusion, we immediately collected all questionnaires,” he said in the letter. “We will not send them to be tallied or use the questionnaire in any way because we believe this to be contrary to student privacy.”

Puckett also apologized for the incident and urged parents to call him if they have a questions.

The survey was given to students in their homerooms on Thursday. Teachers had been given them and told they had to be completed by the end of the day. Class time was taken to fill them out.

Other questions on the survey included information on whether the student was male, female, or other; their hair color, eye color, height; their favorite pet and favorite fast food.

This fundraiser has been done for a long time at NHS, but has previously not included questions about sexual preferences. It is unclear as to which, if any, fundraiser will replace this one, and if NHS will do a survey next year.



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