Principal apologizes after ‘inappropriate’ survey at Indian Hills Middle School

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SANDY (News4Utah) – A Utah middle school principal apologized to parents after students received what many are calling an “inappropriate” survey. 

On the first day of school, at Indian Hills Middle School, two teachers in charge of the Utah studies class for seventh graders gave an unapproved survey of 25 questions.

The survey asked simple questions like age and favorite color.

Canyon School District officials said some questions addressed personal topics:

  • Are you a member of the LDS faith?
  • Have you or anyone you know ever had thoughts or feelings of suicide?
  • Are you adopted?
  • Are your parents divorced?
  • Do you worry about having food on the table when you get home?

The Indian Hills principal received emails from concerned parents.

School administration noted the survey was anonymous and said students didn’t have to answer the questions if they did not want to.

“The questions were inappropriate. The principal on Thursday sent a message to the parents of students who were given the survey apologizing,” said Jeff Haney, spokesperson for Canyons School District.

The district says it has implemented measures to make sure that people are aware of how to develop surveys for students. Giving surveys to students will now be part of teacher training before the school year. 

The school district won’t comment on possible disciplinary action against the teachers, but it says they are still employed and the situation was handled appropriately.

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