After a news outlet reached out to the Florida Department of Education about its anti-bullying page, the department took it down and said it was “under review.”
Last week, the Florida Capital Star reported that it reached out to the department to ask questions about the page as well as the links to LGBTQ advocacy groups. Afterward, the page was removed.
The conservative-leaning Florida Capital Star further reported that the page shared anti-bullying resources as well as links to groups such as GLSEN. It also noted that “at least one Florida school district was using the resources on the FDOE web page as justification for certain LGBTQ school activities.”
SFGN has reached out to the Department of Education and The Florida Capital Star for comment.
Equality Florida called the removal of the website “a staggering escalation of [the DeSantis administration’s] anti-LGBTQ agenda.”
“From the passage of explicitly anti-transgender legislation this year to proposed legislation that would jail doctors for providing lifesaving medical care to transgender children, a politically motivated assault on the LGBTQ community is putting young people at risk,” Executive Director Nadine Smith said in a press release. “Vulnerable youth deserve better than a DeSantis Administration intent on putting them in harm’s way in order to score cheap political points.”
The LGBT community has come under attack this year. When Wilton Manors Elementary School students took a tour of Wilton Drive, including a stop at Rosie’s, the public called for the resignation of Broward School Board member Sarah Leonardi, who chaperoned the trip. An Orlando-area school board member filed a complaint with the Flagler County Sheriffs Office when she discovered a memoir by a queer writer was in public school libraries. In Brevard County, a school board member who has supported LGBT students was met by protesters outside her home.