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Florida elementary school trip to restaurant sparks vitriol online

Florida elementary school trip to restaurant sparks vitriol online
Broward County school children went for annual trip to local restaurant and people were outraged.

A school board member in Florida says she has been subjected to “bigoted abuse” and death threats after she accompanied school children on an excursion to an LGBTQ-owned restaurant.

Sarah Leonard posted on Facebook on Thursday how she was “honoured” to chaperone students from Wilton Manors Elementary in Broward County to Rosie’s Bar and Grill.

“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,” Ms Leonardi wrote.

The Facebook post has attracted hundreds of angry comments from people questioning why young children were taken to venue where alcohol was served. Some of the criticism focused on the fact it was a popular venue among the LGBTQ community.

福克斯新闻 covered the story by depicting Ms Leonardi’s picture besides a rainbow flag.

在一份声明中, the Broward County School Board member told 独立 she was “proud to join classes for field trips and events, especially when our schools are connecting with the vibrant small businesses in my district”.

Ms Leonardi, who describes herself as “non-partisan”, said since sharing the post, she had been inundated with abusive messages.

“My friends and family have also been targeted. These attacks have no place in our society. The threats have been referred to the appropriate authorities, and I will continue to work hard to engage with my community, spread positivity, and represent my district on the school board.”

Sarah Leonardi accompanied children on a school visit to a local restaurant this week

There was some pushback to the vitriol online, with commenters pointing out the visit was an annual event and a normal part of community outreach.

“Rosie’s Bar and Grill is a local restaurant that is gay friendly and is just part of the community,” one person wrote on Twitter.

“They literally chaperoned kids to a restaurant to eat and meet people. But Fox News phrasing it as “gay bar” is a purposely misleading headline.”

另一个写道: “Rosie’s Bar and Grill is an all ages spot that is near the school, gay owned, and supports inclusion and community activism. Of course Fox would hate that.”

The restaurant sells cocktails with suggestive names such as Ivana Hooker, but there is no suggestion the children were shown drinks menus or offered alcohol.

The story has also been seized on by Republicans such as Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, who owns a restaurant in Colorado that allows children to enter and encourages people to carry guns.

“Leave out everything elsewhy in God’s name are they bringing elementary school kids to establishments that aren’t supposed to admit anyone under 21?” wrote Ms Boebert on Twitter.

“还, homeschool your kids!”

Broward County School District did not immediately respond to a request for comment.