ELWOOD, Ind. (WISH) - Most parents agree that matchmaking Web sites and surveys aregames mainly adults should play, but some say Elwood CommunitySchools has been getting students in on the action.
Parent Michelle Everett says her 11-year-daughter recentlybrought home a survey from school. The survey is a fundraising toolused by the school corporation for the middle school drama club.Students pay a buck or two each and a computer matches compatibleboys and girls in grades six through 10. The more they pay the morematches are found.
"I don't believe that at 11 years old a school should bepromoting opposite sex matching," said Everett. "A tenth gradermatched with a sixth grader? And the school promoting it and it'sinappropriate."
What's more upsetting to Everett is that she found the survey inher daughter's book bag without a parental consent note like mostschool fundraising campaigns.
"When I started to read it and it said a list of the members ofthe opposite sex that are the most compatible for you, that you canbuy the list. I thought ‘red flags, red flags’," saidEverett.
But despite that, the superintendent calls the survey aharmless, non-invasive fundraiser and that they've been doing forthe past 15 years.
"I approved this fundraiser on February 1st and I knew about thecontent of the survey and it's just a good way for kids to have alittle fun. It's a voluntary survey," said Thomas Austin,Superintendent of Elwood Community Schools.
Austin also says he hadn't gotten any official complaints fromparents.
Everett said she did call and complain. Ultimately, she'sconcerned about pregnancy rates in the district.
"I think it is promoting kids to be with the opposite sex at ayoung age," Everett said.
Superintendent Austin said students have already completed thesurvey for this term. While he continues to defend it, he says ifenough parents complain about it, they'll consider dropping it inthe future.
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