NORTH SMITHFIELD – A series of school surveys are drawing concerns among some North Smithfield parents who say they never gave their children permission to answer sensitive questions on topics such as drug use and sex.

Over the weekend, a number of parents took to social media to express their concerns about recent surveys at both the high school and middle school levels. Greg Galano, the parent of a student at North Smithfield Middle School, said he learned only after speaking with other parents that his daughter had participated in a health-related survey a few weeks ago. Among the topics covered, he said, were students’ sexual activity and whether children had witnessed violence in their neighborhoods.

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As a parent of a North Smithfield HS student, I have no issue with this. Unfortunately these things are happening every where. As parents we can not be oblivion to the situation. And I do believe many of school shooting took place in rural areas.


Hmmm….I believe what happened in Michigan 2 weeks ago happened in a rural town! This can happen in ‘Anytown, USA!’


Maybe these “parents” need to live with truth versus rather than how they wish it was. Ostriches are not meant to parent humans.

Citizen Greg

Typical liberal insulting people under the guise of "witty intelligence". The mental gymnastics you must go through to justify your irrational argument. This is about communication from the school to parents not about kids who vape. Maybe read the article and content next time. So yes this "parent" we'll never stop wishing for and fighting for a better world for my children. Sorry to offend your sensibilities.


The questions on these surveys do concern issues of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and the sexual behavior of children between the grades of middle school and high school students. Every parent has the best in mind for their child, liberal or conservative. Citizen Greg takes every comment as an insult to his intelligence or parenting skills and then goes for the jugular. I am not sure what the irrational argument is? You wanted to be informed of the survey and would not have allowed your child to provide the answers? Your child did not share the form with you? Other parents were fine with their child filling out the form, whether they received the form or not. Children know far more than we give them credit for and have access to technology that is far more dangerous than filling out a form. As an example, the 12 year old from Burrillville who was picked up by a level 3 sex offender that she met online. Parents should be having these conversations with their children beginning at a young age, generally sooner than middle school. They know far more than we did at that age. It is for the education and protection of our students that this data informs the work of our healthcare educators in the school system.

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