Friday, 29 Sep 2023

Florida principal who lost job over pornographic David statue visits Italy

Florida principal who lost job over pornographic David statue visits Italy


Florida principal who lost job over pornographic David statue visits Italy

A Florida principal who resigned after parents at her school decried Michelangelo's David statue as pornography has traveled to Florence, Italy, following invitations from the museum director and mayor of Florence.

Hope Carrasquilla, the former principal of Florida's Tallahassee Classical school, touched down in Florence on Friday and visited the Accademia Gallery with her family where David's statue resides.

Carrasquilla's visit follows her resignation in March after parents at the Christian charter school complained over their children being shown the 16th century Renaissance statue of the biblical figure in class.

One of the school's parents condemned the statue of David as "pornographic". A parent also said that she "felt her child should not be viewing those pieces," and said that she was "point-blank upset", Carrasquilla told the Tallahassee Democrat at the time of the incident.

Carrasquilla told HuffPost that the school's usual protocol is to notify parents by letter when students are to be shown "potentially controversial" classical artwork. However, as a result of a "series of miscommunications", the letter was not sent out to the sixth-graders' parents before they were shown the David sculpture.

Her resignation came after the campus's governing board informed her to either step down or be fired.

Tallahassee Classical school is affiliated with Hillsdale College, a Michigan-based private conservative Christian institution. According to its website, the school aims to "train the minds and improve the hearts of young people through a content-rich classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue".

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