Gov’t survey is asking your 12-year-old to share intimate details without your knowledge

Gov’t survey is asking your 12-year-old to share intimate details without your knowledge
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It happens every two years. Inquiring minds, meaning in this case the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, want to know if your middle school-age child…

— has had oral or anal sex,
— has carried a weapon,
— has seriously considered suicide,
— has drunk alcohol,

and much, much more than total strangers have a right to know … especially with your prior consent.

LifeSiteNews explains that the CDC’s “Youth Risk Behavior Survey” is administered by teachers in public middle schools and high schools during school hours.

The article includes some of the questions from the test, but the CDC is anything but secretive about the information it gathers, going so far as to publish the questionnaire online. The 2013 questionnaire, which seems far more benign in its scope than the one cited by LifeSiteNews (which include “Are you transgender?”), nevertheless asks:

13. During the past 30 days, on how many days did you carry
a weapon such as a gun, knife, or club?

A. 0 days
B. 1 day
C. 2 or 3 days
D. 4 or 5 days
E. 6 or more days

29. During the past 12 months, how many times did you actually attempt suicide?

A. 0 times
B. 1 time
C. 2 or 3 times
D. 4 or 5 times
E. 6 or more times

41. During your life, on how many days have you had at least one drink of alcohol?

A. 0 days
B. 1 or 2 days
C. 3 to 9 days
D. 10 to 19 days
E. 20 to 39 days
F. 40 to 99 days
G. 100 or more days

52. During your life, how many times have you used heroin (also called smack, junk, or China White)?

A. 0 times
B. 1 or 2 times
C. 3 to 9 times
D. 10 to 19 times
E. 20 to 39 times
F. 40 or more times

61. How old were you when you had sexual intercourse for the first time?

A. I have never had sexual intercourse
B. 11 years old or younger
C. 12 years old
D. 13 years old
E. 14 years old
F. 15 years old
G. 16 years old
H. 17 years old or older

64. Did you drink alcohol or use drugs before you had sexual intercourse the last time?

A. I have never had sexual intercourse
B. Yes
C. No

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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