Imagine this: you’re an elementary teacher. Your students range in age from, say, 5 years old in kindergarten and 10 years old – maybe 11 – by the end of fifth grade.
Now imagine you’re tasked with taking your class on a couple of field trips each year. Options might include the zoo, a children’s museum, perhaps a science center. Maybe a local nature preserve.
Now imagine that, instead of one of these perfectly acceptable choices for prepubescent youth, you decide to take them to….a gay bar.
Can’t imagine that? Good – that likely means you were in line the day they handed out shreds of sanity. Which, apparently, one teacher in Broward County, Florida, entirely missed.
Parents were livid after finding out their kids, students at Wilton Manors Elementary School, were taken on a field trip to Rosie’s Bar and Grill, a local eatery that caters to the LGBTQ-LMNOP community and includes a number of...let's just say, maturely nick-named menu items.
Photos from the trip were posted online by Broward School District 3 School Board Member and high school teacher Sarah Leonardi, who helped chaperone the trip to the restaurant that features items like the “Left One” chicken breast sandwich, the "Booty Call," the “Miley High Club” and the “Young Ranch Hand.” The diner/bar - which has since complained about being labeled a "gay bar" - is reportedly known as a local hangout for LGBTQ customers, which apparently make up the vast majority of the restaurant's clientele.
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
If that weren’t enough, it turns out the school had actually been taking students to the restaurant for the past decade, leaving Rosie’s owners confused as to why parents are so upset. The restaurant also stated kids were given an “appropriate” menu that left off the more risque items.
The school district is now defending the trip, saying the whole thing was simply a way for kids to see how a restaurant operates at a locally owned establishment.
“They learn about the types of jobs involved in operating a restaurant, how to pay for their meal, and how to leave a tip for the service they receive,” the statement read.
Because apparently, just going to Applebee’s wasn’t good enough.