Florida School District Defends Taking Elementary Schoolers on Field Trip to Gay Bar

Amanda Casanova

A school district in Florida is standing behind an elementary school field trip to a gay bar.

As Christian Headlines previously reported, Sarah Leonardi, who serves on the Board of Education for Broward County Schools in South Florida, said on Twitter last week that she had chaperoned a group of students from Wilton Manors Elementary School to Rosie’s Bar and Grill.

“I was SO honored to be invited to chaperone @WitonManorsES’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.”

Rosie’s menu includes burgers named “Ivana Hooker, “Rhoda Cowboy,” and “Anita Mojito.” One burger has a “Smack My Cheeks and Make ‘em Rosy” sauce, and the “Plain Jane” burger is made from “the sexiest Angus beef cows.”

Meanwhile, critics say the field trip is an example of schools trying to “force leftist ideology onto children.”

“A Broward School Board member takes little kids to a gay bar on a field trip, forcing them to wear masks to ‘keep them safe,’” said Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“What if the Broward school board member took little kids to this bar EXPECTING that some parents would protest, so she could call the FBI and go on MSNBC to discuss all the ‘threatening messages’ she’s received from ‘insurrectionist’ parents?”

According to The Christian Post, Pushaw was referring to a DOJ memo that asked federal law enforcement officials to meet with local leaders to “facilitate the discussion of strategies for addressing threats against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff.”

The memo came after the National School Boards Association asked for help to stop “threats and acts of violence” against public schoolchildren, public school board members and other public school employees.

Leonardi said she was “attacked” on social media after she posted about the field trip. The Rosie’s owner said the restaurant had also received death threats.


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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.