• New proposed survey for students to replace other that had sex questions

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    CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. - There's a new survey awaiting approval weeks after a controversial sex survey was pulled from Cabarrus County Schools.

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    The last survey asked very specific questions about sexual behavior and what type of sex acts students in eighth grade were having.

    In this new survey, the only question like that asks, “In the past 3 months, have you practiced sexual abstinence?”

    Other questions include:

    • If students "think parent opinions about dating are important?”
    • "Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?”
    • If students have been "insulted, teased, harassed or otherwise verbally abused”

    The goal of the original survey was to decrease teen pregnancy rates.

    The Cabarrus Health Alliance was one of 22 health departments in the nation to receive a grant to conduct the surveys, but many parents were upset by all the explicit sex questions so they removed it.

    If they keep at least that one question about sex, they can keep the grant money, officials said.

    They plan to present the updated survey to the Board of Education next week.

    If approved, the new survey would be conducted in the spring.

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