Parents of high school students in Montgomery County School District in Maryland were outraged recently by a survey given to sophomores under the new Common Core education standards.

The survey asked numerous intrusive questions that a school has no business asking students.

Among them were questions like “what is your sexual orientation,” “what’s your religion,” “what’s your parents’ political affiliation” and “should assault rifles be banned?”

Angry parents notified the news website The Blaze about the survey, and shortly after a Blaze reporter began to ask about it, the survey disappeared from the Poolesville High School website.

According to The Blaze story, school officials at first denied such a survey existed, then when they were presented with evidence that it was on a school website, they denied that students were not given the right to opt out. When presented with evidence to the contrary, the district apparently took down the survey. Eventually, the district’s public information officer admitted the survey had been on the site, but insisted that it was a student project, not something put together by teachers.

It appears that students presented with the survey had to log in with their usernames to a school support site called Edline, where they filled out the blanks and multiple choice questions on the survey.

In addition to the questions mentioned above, the survey also asked who was to blame for the government shutdown and how students felt about Obamacare. There was also this question: “If President Obama were Caucasian how much more or less criticism do you think he would he receive?”

The school district’s line on the survey is that it was created by students in a government class who were studying polls, and that the survey was strictly voluntary. According to parents, however, students in at least one class were told to take out their smart phones, log in to Edline and take the survey. Reportedly, one student who refused was “forced” by the teacher to comply.