This woke teacher in Brooksville has been making national headlines due to her controversial actions in the classroom.
A Controversial Film Screening in Class
Jenna Barbee, a teacher known for her left-leaning beliefs, played the Disney movie “Strange World” to her 5th-grade class at Winding Waters K-8.
Banned Disney Flick Shocks Classroom
She later learned that the film is banned due to its content involving sexual orientation.
Barbee was removed from the classroom for showing the film, which contains a gay character, and is now being investigated by the Florida Department of Education.
The Video Goes Viral
Barbee recently posted a TikTok video, which has gained over half a million views, attempting to justify her decision to show the film.
She Justifies Controversial Choice
In the video, Barbee defends her stance on LGBTQ and transgender issues and claims that she chose the movie not because of its LGBTQ content, but to teach the kids about earth science and ecosystems.
Board Members Sound the Alarm!
Board member Sharon Rodriguez argues that “Strange World opens the door to conversations that have no place in the classroom.”
Conservatives view the film as part of a left-wing agenda that includes environmentalism and the “climate crisis.”
Barbee claims that she has had students approach her throughout the year, identifying themselves as part of the LGBTQ community.
Curiosity Sparked by Classroom Materials
Although Barbee says she doesn’t force anything on her students. Parents who disagree argue that the things shown in the classroom, like visuals, signs, and movies, spark their children’s curiosity, and teachers like Barbee take advantage of that.
A Clash of Beliefs!
Other woke teachers who show support for LGBTQ films, say they have to create a safe space for discussions.
Disney Film Banned in Muslim Countries and China
Parents disagree as it goes against their religious beliefs. “Strange World” was not released in Muslim countries and China due to controversy.
A Troubled Past Comes Back to Haunt!
This is not the first time Barbee has found herself embroiled in controversy. In 2016, she was arrested on fraud charges while working at a Spring Hill Target department store.
She Faced Fraud Charges
Barbee was accused of stealing $2,200 and faced felony Fraud charges. Some believed her father, who was the Hernando County Clerk of Court, used his influence to hide her arrest.
Eventually, the Sheriff explained it was a system error and Barbee’s record was cleared.
Her recent media appearances have gained attention, but it’s unclear how it will affect her case. The upcoming Hernando County School Board meeting on May 30th is anticipated to have a large turnout.
Online Community Responds
In a shocking twist, TikTokers stood firmly beside the teacher. One TikToker commented saying, “We are behind you, I am so sorry. Thank you for teaching kindness. Florida and the world needs more like you!”
Another viewed slammed Florida’s school board by arguing, “Representation of a gay or LGBTQ person is not indoctrination, but forcing straight and Christian belief into peoples lives is indoctrination.”
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