"I was SO honored to be invited to chaperone Wilton Manors Elementary’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 Rosie's Bar and Grill for hosting this special field trip every year!" Broward County School Board member Sarah Leonardi posted on her official school board Facebook page Wednesday.
The post, which was examined by Fox News Thursday morning, shows photos of children in a popular Florida gay bar, Rosie’s Bar and Grill, including a photo of the group posing next to the restaurant’s sign.
Leonardi did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the field trip.
Screenshots of Leonardi’s post have since circulated on social media, sparking outrage.
"School board member Sarah Leonardi accompanied Wilton Manors Elementary school on a field trip to a LGBT bar which features menu items like: The Big Girl Burgers, Rhoda Cowboy, Ivana Hooker, Hellena Bun, Georgia Bleu, Young ranch hand, Willy cheesesteak," a screenshot from a private Facebook group, called Moms for Liberty - Broward County, Fl, shows one person saying. The screenshot was posted on the Twitter account Libs of TikTok.
Rosie’s Bar website shows these items on the menu, but it’s unclear if the children were offered the same menu.
"Rosie's Bar and Grill has been a tropical oasis in the middle of the Island City, Wilton Manors, since 2006, offering amazing food and refreshing drinks and sassy fun," the bar’s website states. "Whether you come for lunch or dinner, for Sunday Funday Brunch or for just a few drinks... whether you are LBGTQ+ or an ally...whether you are local or visiting... whether you come with a group or venture out solo... you will have a memorable experience with the most talented crew in South Florida. See you soon!"
Broward County Public Schools said in a statement, "Wilton Manors Elementary School offers a Unit of Inquiry called, "How we organize ourselves." In the unit, students learn about neighborhood safety, community helpers, the importance of being a community member, what it takes for a community to be successful, different jobs in a community, and social skills when interacting with others."
"They also visit a local restaurant, Rosie’s Bar and Grill, which is within walking distance from the school and opens early for the students. The bar and restaurant was not open to the general public while students were present inside. When the business opened, students transitioned to a separate, outside location to order and eat their meals. The students order their meals from a student-friendly paper menu that has three child-friendly choices (see attached student menu). 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. In addition, as part of the field trip, the Wilton Manors Police Department provides traffic assistance for the students so they can see and learn about the different ways police officers support the community."