By: Steve Trubilla
This is Part 2 to a column I recently wrote concerning a survey titled "Shifting Boundaries" that was given to 11-year-old children at the Terrell Middle School in Louisburg.
"We immediately took action when this issue was first brought to our attention," is a statement issued by the Franklin County North Carolina School System. This statement was prompted by parents challenging the content of the survey. Specifically, the survey asked pointed questions about sexual orientation.
The parents felt that question and many others on the survey were not appropriate, and that the consent form they had signed allowing their children to participate with it was misleading.
The official statement issued acknowledges the Franklin County Schools leadership did not know the content of that survey before the students were exposed to it. It was further stated and acknowledged that the survey, consent-form, and curriculum were not created or administered by the school system.
Trying to understand the statements of, we did not know what was in the survey, we did not create it, and we did not administer it, I pressed on with questions. It simply did not make sense that this would be introduced to the school without someone first vetting it.
Searching for answers, almost everyone I talked with was evasive, tried to deflect my questions and or requested that I not mention their name or quote them. Experience has taught me that when this happens usually someone has something to hide.
If no one in the school system created the survey, then who did?
The answer to that question is: The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) provided the survey to the groups who received a Center for Disease Control (CDC) grant, including SafeSpace. SafeSpace then administered the survey.
The Shifting Boundaries curriculum is a national program reported to be in 13 different school districts across North Carolina.
The NCCASA, who are they and what do they do? If you want to learn more about them simply go to their Facebook page and scroll down. Ask yourself is this the influence you want in our schools? I have gone considerably further looking at who this organization is, reading documents, looking at the board members, and viewing presentations.
My view is The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, (NCCASA) is a well-funded politically active agenda driven organization imposing its power and influence in the classroom. Don't just take my word for this, their Facebook page is just a window.
Get into the weeds a little, look at the legislation they have lobbied for. This is a politically powerful coalition. It is not answerable to you in any way. You do not have a voice in what they say or do. I feel it is very dangerous to allow this kind of unchecked influence in our schools.
Franklin County Schools has stated it always gives guardians the option to opt in or out of programs that exceed the scope of normal classroom instruction. In this case, it does not appear they knew what the full scope and purpose of this program was.
Are there other influences outside the scope of normal classroom instruction operating in your schools, like maybe other surveys or studies being conducted no one has thoroughly reviewed? Given what has occurred, this is a fair question.
Someone said to me about this, words to the effect: 'What is the big deal about the survey? Today, children are exposed to much more damning and graphic things on the Internet. I am sure this is true, but it should not be, and cannot become the standard for what is acceptable.
I had a SafeSpace board member tell me it was just one parent that was upset about this; simply not true. Parents have called me and were very upset about the survey. Many more still do not even know what has occurred.
This board member injected himself into a conversation I was having with a parent and grandparent with children at Terrell Middle School. He would not tell me his name, and said he did not want to be quoted. What a surprise, another person that does not want to be quoted. It was not hard to find his name, but I will leave it out of this story. That is for now anyway.
This is more than a story about any one survey with age inappropriate questions.
The bigger story is one of social engineering, programming, and indoctrination going on in schools all over our county.
It would be unfair not to recognize the NCCASA is a powerful voice against bullying and sexual assault. I feel they are, but they also have another agenda.
Franklin County Schools says they understand parents' concerns. Do you think they do?
Safety in schools is not just about locked doors, cameras, and Resource Officers.