Middle-school sex and drugs survey canceled after parents object

Posted Feb. 17, 2011, at 11:31 a.m.

ELIOT, Maine — A Maine middle school has canceled a student survey about alcohol use and sex after parents objected to its frank questions about risky behaviors.

Marshwood Middle School, in Eliot, intended to administer two versions of the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey — one for six-graders, and a more detailed one for seventh- and eighth-graders.

Among other things, it asked students if they’d engaged in sex, or in a choking game in which participants temporarily deprive themselves of oxygen to get high.

The Portsmouth Herald says parents responded by organizing a petition, and Principal John Caverly canceled the survey after it was determined that there was no legal requirement to administer it. Caverly says the school now intends to create its own survey, with input from parents.

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