Wilton Manors Elementary School in Broward County decided that it would be a good idea to take time away from teaching students reading, writing, and arithmetic, and instead take them to a gay bar in the city. Moreover, the school board member who took the children says she’s “honored” to have done so.
According to the Daily Caller, board member Sarah Leonardi took young children to Rosie’s Bar and Grill, a gay establishment that serves burgers and mojitos. Leonardi thanked the bar for hosting the children and noted that this is a “special field trip” the establishment hosts every year.
“I was SO honored to be invited to chaperone Wilton Manors Elementary’s field trip to the incredible Rosie’s! The students and I had a fun walk over and learned a lot about our community! A huge thank you to Rosie’s Bar and Grill for hosting this special field trip every year!” tweeted Leonardi.
The tweet was accompanied by photos of the small children in masks even when outdoors.
I was SO honored to be invited to chaperone @WiltonManorsES’s field trip to the incredible Rosie’s! The students and I had a fun walk over and learned a lot about our community! A huge thank you to @RosiesBnG for hosting this special field trip every year! pic.twitter.com/A3rpMbyUJP
— School Board Member Sarah Leonardi (@bcpsleonardi) October 27, 2021
The bar’s menu includes names for dishes such as “Naked Sweaty Lovin’,” “Beet Your Brains Out” “Rhoda Cowboy,” “Ivana Hooker” and “Young Ranch Hand,” though it’s not clear if the children were shown these menus.
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) October 28, 2021
Online outrage has been sparked around the event but neither Leonardi nor the school board has come forward with a comment about it.
Despite what some groups may say, the outrage is warranted. Firstly, let’s dismiss the fact that it’s a gay bar and focus on the fact that what they took these small children to was a bar, a place where children have no business being in the first place.
However, the main reason they took the children there was the bar’s focus on homosexuality. This is a restaurant to eat and drink, but also for homosexuals to find community with other homosexuals. Why children need to be taken to a place where the focus is intimate or sexual relationships between two same-sex people instead of somewhere educational like a museum or natural park is often answered with the excuse that they’re cultivating “tolerance” or “acceptance” among the children.
However, that’s not up for the overseers of public schools to decide. Students, especially young students, should have a focus on learning the basics, not being introduced to sexual concepts.
Moreover, children so young should not be in masks as pointed out by medical professionals. It makes it worse when this is in clear violation of a ban on mask mandates by schools by Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis himself.
The school board is likely going to have some trouble on its hands in the near future, if not from parents, then from the state itself for directly defying the ban on mask mandates.