What would you do if your 9-year-old daughter came home from school and started asking you about things like anal or vaginal sex? Then what would you do if you found out that she was asked about these things on a survey at school and that they were told they had to answer the survey?
That’s what Brandy Sobotka-Ramos, of Jerome, Idaho, faced when her young daughter and 11-year-old son came home from Heritage Academy, a charter-school she had enrolled her kids in.
I know if that had happened to my kids when they were in school, it would have been the last day they attended that school. Additionally, I would have been down at the school ready to do battle with whoever was responsible for introducing such things to my kids.
When Ramos dug deeper into the matter, she found out that many of the kids at the charter school were given the mandatory survey that contained the following questions:
“Did an adult or person at least 5 years older than you ever touch or fondle you or have you touch their body in a sexual way or try to actually have oral, anal, or vaginal sex with you?”
“Did you often feel that your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed it?”
“Was a household member depressed or mentally ill or did a household member attempt suicide?”
The survey, titled Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) survey, was created by doctors back in 1985 and was designed to help determine sources of trauma in adults that may have been caused during their childhood. The survey was never intended to be given to elementary school children. However, the survey was given to the students by the school administrator, Christine Ivie, who is also a licensed counselor.
“My children were required to complete this in class and were told it was not optional, but anonymous unless they chose to include their names. I never dreamed I would be explaining anal and oral to my babies.”
Ramos was one of a number of parents who complained to the school about the survey, along with a number of grandparents and others in the community. The media contacted the Idaho Public Charter Schools Commission, but was told the matter was best left in the hands of school board, but the school board is not answering any questions about the matter.
A group of over 100 parents have taken to Facebook and are threatening to take legal action against the school. Some parents have withdrawn their kids from the academy including Sara Bateman, who’s 11-year-old son was among the kids forced to take the sex survey. Bateman stated:
“This has definitely impacted our town. Parents feel betrayed and are very hurt. Many of us are looking to take legal action and I have personally been in contact with many state and local officials.”
Sandy Ricketts, the grandmother of an 11-year-old boy who attended Heritage Academy and who had to take the sex survey referred to the survey as containing ‘vile language’. She also said it was an invasion of the kids’ innocence. It’s not only an invasion of the kids’ innocence, but it’s an invasion into the privacy of a family as well. It also demonstrates how so many schools, public and charter no longer have any concern about parental authority or parental knowledge. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that school administrator Ivie is a flaming liberal.
The final shocker to this saga is that even though some parents have withdrawn their kids from the charter school, the school claims that their enrollment has actually increased in the past month.
Many charter schools have long waiting lists of families wanting to enroll their kids and get them out of public school. You wonder how many of these parents knew about the sex survey scandal before they decided to enroll their kids? You also wonder what will happen once more parents learn about that happened? That school administrator, Christine Ivie, needs to be fired.