A middle school in Tampa, Florida found itself in hot water this week after parents complained about a bizarre assignment that was given to 7th and 8th grade students in their Spanish class.

According to Live 5 News in Tampa, the students were given a survey titled “How Much Privilege Do You Have?” and asked students to circle boxes regarding their race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Rather than ask the middle schoolers if they knew what “privilege” meant, the teacher seemingly assumed that students understood her pre-established definition of the term based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.

Unsurprisingly, a large number of parents were outraged by the survey, particularly the section on gender. In addition to the choices of “male” and “female,” students could also circle “transgender,” “cisgender,” or “genderqueer.”

After fielding multiple complaints from parents regarding the assignment in question, the principal quickly launched an investigation into the matter. Upon consulting with the teacher, the school put out a statement regarding the survey form.

"This is not a district form, this is a teacher generated form and it was without principal consent and at the district level we do not collect that information," Hillsborough County Schools spokesperson Tanya Arja said.

According to the teacher, the purpose of the assignment was to teach the students about the issues of diversity and inequality.

"To me that has nothing to do with Spanish," said Regina Stile’s, a mother whose daughter had been given the survey. "You're here to teach my daughter Spanish, not anything else."

Side Note: In case some readers are not privileged enough to understand the meaning of “cisgender” and “genderqueer,” below are both definitions provided by Oxford’s Dictionary.

Cisgender: Adjective. Denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex. Compare with transgender.

Genderqueer: Adjective. Denoting or relating to a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.