This video shows how pupils were shown a “Pride Month” film when they should have been learning maths, and were then threatened by their teacher when they started groaning at a same-sex kissing scene.
The controversy only came to light because one of the pupils filmed the events on their phone without their teacher’s knowledge.
The clip was taken at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, USA, earlier this month (June).
It opens with a film being projected on a screen at the front of the class. As the words “Pride Month” appear over a fluttering rainbow flag, the whole class groans in despair.
As the groans turn into chuckles, shouts of “stop” and “turn it off” are heard.
As the film cuts to a scene of a lesbian couple in a tender embrace, one pupil can be heard shouting out: “Why are you showing this to kids?”
The furious female teacher can then be heard yelling at the class: “Hey, I’ll warn you guys now, if you’re going to be inappropriate, I will have supervision down and give all of you a Saturday school for next year, so knock it off.”
The groans and chuckles then turn into murmurs as the pupils resign themselves to sitting through the film.
Music video producer and director Robby Starbuck tweeted: “Parents of kids at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California, say this video was played to their kids in math class.
“The kids clearly didn’t want to watch this pride video so the teacher threatened them with Saturday school to get them to watch it.”
Robby, who is Cuban American, continued: “This video should open some eyes. This teacher is basically saying they need to shut up and watch the LGBTQ kissing video or they get detention/Saturday school.
“Some 10th grade students came forward to tell me that this video was played in ALL classes that day, not just math class. They’re upset about it and want the school to refrain from playing videos like this.”
One Twitter user commented: “I’d take the Saturday school.”
Another wrote: “It’s time to home-school our children!”
A third asked: “In math class? And science, geography. In every class every day every month. Everything all the time. When will they learn?”
And a fourth remarked: “The kids’ reaction gives me a tiny bit of hope.”
Teaching LGBT content in schools has long been a source of contention, particularly among political and religious conservatives, who argue that their children are being subjected to “gay propaganda” and should be learning more useful skills instead.