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New Mexico teacher gave students unauthorized sex survey

Monday, November 07, 2011
A high school teacher in New Mexico is on paid leave after giving students an unauthorized sex survey last week.

A high school teacher in New Mexico is on paid leave after giving students an unauthorized sex survey last week. (KABC Photo)

A high school teacher in New Mexico is on paid leave after giving students an unauthorized sex survey.

Students were asked to fill out the forms last week. They included questions such as: "Who do you share saliva with?" and "Are you sexually active?"

New Mexico teachers are not allowed to talk to students about sex without parental consent- that way parents can opt their child out of the activity if they want.

But the biology teacher didn't ask anyone for permission when he handed out the sexual activity forms to at least freshmen and juniors.

Parents were outraged when they found out about the assignment.

"I feel really offended right now, they didn't inform us," said one parent.

"This was something that should not have occurred, and obviously we'll be taking steps to see that it doesn't occur again," said Kim Vesley from Rio Rancho School District.

School district officials say the survey was part of an unapproved class project and the incident is now under investigation.

ABC News contributed to this story.

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