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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – When you send your child to a new school, there are probably a few forms that you must fill out first.

As one Connecticut mother was filling out a kindergarten application for her son, she stumbled upon a very unusual and personal question.

“It isn’t anyone’s business,” said Cara Paiuk.

Paiuk says her little boy is excited to start kindergarten at Aiken Elementary School this fall.

“As a first time child going into the public school system, there was a parent orientation meeting,” she said.

While at the meeting, Paiuk was handed a mandatory application form.

As she read through the questions, she ran across one that caused her to pause.

“I was stunned to see it on this form, and I couldn’t understand the relevance of it,” Paiuk told WFSB.

The form asked whether her son had been delivered via Cesarean section or vaginally.

Paiuk asked the head nurse why the school needed to know such private information.

“She basically explained, in not so many words, really, they’re looking for any birth trauma that might have happened. But, as most of us know, birth trauma can happen by C-section or vaginal birth, so it still did not click with me,” she said.

Paiuk says she was told that the question had been on the form for years.

However the superintendent and the chair of the school board told her they would look into it.

Paiuk asked to see one of the old forms under the Freedom of Information Act, but was denied.

“Most parents I’ve spoken to are outraged, and then, they are almost outraged at themselves, like, ‘Did I fill that? Did I not even question it? Am I filling out forms blindly?” she said.

A spokesperson with the West Hartford School District say they are consulting other school districts to see what types of questions are asked and they are reconsidering the question.

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