After a teacher showed her students an unapproved movie with a gay teenage character in it, parents and school board members were upset. In response, the teacher said that parents lose their rights over their children when they attend public school. Is she correct? The Blaze’s Chris Enloe reports:
The Florida teacher who is under investigation for showing a movie with gay characters to students suggested Tuesday that parents lose rights over their children when the children attend public school.
What is the background?
As TheBlaze reported, the Florida Department of Education and Hernando County School District are investigating fifth-grade teacher Jenna Barbee for showing her students the Disney movie “Strange World,” which features a gay character. School officials allege Barbee did not get approval from administrators before showing the movie.
Shannon Rodriguez, a school board member and parent, explained at a May 9 school board meeting why she believes it was wrong for Barbee to play the movie.
“It is not a teacher’s job to impose their beliefs upon a child, religious, sexual orientation, gender identity, any of the above,” Rodriguez said. “But allowing movies such as this assist teachers in opening a door — and please hear me — they assist teachers in opening a door for conversations that have no place in our classrooms.”
Speaking on CNN, Barbee said parents like Rodriguez are “ignorant.” Even more shocking, she suggested that parental rights don’t apply in public school.
“What she’s missing and what these parents are missing is: They’re not in the school system,” she said. “That just shows me that she’s ignorant and has not come and volunteered at all because these conversations, these doors, they’re open. These students have one-to-one devices.”
Speaking of parental rights, Barbee then declared, “those rights are gone when your child is in the public school system because there are students talking about these things.”
“It’s ruining everything. It’s not what America stands for.”
FL Teacher under investigation for showing her 5th grade class a Disney movie with gay character says Gov. DeSantis is “trying to get rid of all basically diversity elements out of schools completely.” pic.twitter.com/BwQn5Mc9Qi
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