Teacher Investigated After Movie She Showed in Classroom, Takes Shot at Christian School Board Member


A Florida teacher confirmed conservatives’ worst suspicions when she made the outrageous suggestion that parental rights end when their children enter the public school system.

Jenna Barbee, a fifth-grade teacher at Winding Waters K-8 school in Hernando County, north of Tampa, said parents shouldn’t object to her decision to show their children a Disney film featuring an openly gay main character because their “rights are gone when your child is in the public school system.”

Fifth-grade students are typically 10  to 11 years old.

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“What she [a Christian mom who complained] is missing — and what these parents are missing — is they’re not in the school system,” Barbee told CNN on Tuesday. “That just shows me that she’s ignorant and has not come and volunteered at all.”

“These conversations, these doors that she’s talking about — telling you I’m stripping her rights as a parent — those rights are gone when your child is in the public school system because there are students talking about these things.”

In a nutshell, Barbee claimed fifth-graders are already discussing homosexuality, sex and gender identity among themselves so she should expose them to the topics regardless of how parents feel.

This sounds suspiciously like when you rush to tell people your side of a story first in order to influence their opinion before someone else tells a different version of events.

Showing the pro-LGBT movie to fifth-grade students appears to violate Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, which bans classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Educators who break the law could be suspended or lose their teaching licenses.

Cassie Palelis, press secretary for the Florida Department of Education, said an investigator will review the complaint against Barbee, CNN reported Monday.

The controversy erupted last week when Shannon Rodriguez — a Christian mom whose daughter is in Barbee’s class — protested the teacher’s film choice at a May 9 school board meeting, the outlet reported.

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“It is not a teacher’s job to impose their beliefs upon a child: Religious, sexual orientation, gender identity, any of the above,” said Rodriguez, who’s also a member of the school board.

“But allowing movies such as this assist[s] 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,” she said.

At the board meeting, Barbee responded by taking a dig at Rodriguez’s Christian faith.

Should Barbee be fired over the incident?

“A school board member, an elected official of power who was supposed to be nonpartisan, is allowed to present to the public that she is Christian and that God appointed her to the board. And yet it is ‘indoctrination’ that I showed a Disney movie,” she said.

With this harebrained analogy, Barbee made the inane implication that a person saying she’s a Christian is akin to indoctrination.

Of course, freedom of religion is a civil right enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Every American has the right to declare that he or she follows a certain religion; it is not “indoctrination” to say you are a Christian.

Barbee also farcically invoked American values when she whined that Rodriguez’s complaint about her move to show a pro-LGBT film to children is “ruining everything.”

“They’re trying to strip individuality and diversity to fit one common agenda, and it’s ruining everything,” she told CNN.

“It’s not what America stands for.”

It’s comical when liberals claim they support “diversity” while trying to squelch diversity of opinion when it comes to Christian or conservative values.

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