A group of fourth-grade students asked their teacher to watch "Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey."
It's a horror movie about "Winnie the Pooh," released after the character became public domain.
Parents are now upset at the teacher for showing it.
It turns out impulsive fourth graders may not have the best judgment when it comes to movies appropriate for them to watch.
Parents complained after a teacher showed students in his fourth-grade math class at a charter school in Miami Springs, Florida, a violent reimagining of "Winnie the Pooh," CBS News Miami reported.
"Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey" is an unrated slasher film that follows the beloved character going on a killing spree after being abandoned by his sidekick Christopher Robin. The film was released in February after "Winnie the Pooh" became public domain the year before.
Michelle Diaz, a parent of two children at the Academy for Innovative Education, told the outlet her twins were shown the film by their math teacher for 20 to 30 minutes before students started to complain.
Diaz said the students in the class asked to watch the film.
"He didn't stop the movie, even though there were kids saying, 'Hey, stop the movie, we don't want to want this,'" Diaz told the outlet.
Diaz told CBS the school's handling of complaints about the film was "careless" and said she "felt completely abandoned by the school" after a meeting with the principal.
"It's not for them to decide what they want to watch," Diaz said. "It's up to the professor to, like, look at the content."
Academy for Innovative Education did not immediately return a request for comment from Insider on Thursday. The head of the school, Vera Hirsh, wrote in a statement to CBS that the school "promptly addressed this issue directly with the teacher and has taken appropriate action to ensure the safety and well-being of students."
"We are actively monitoring the students, and our mental health counselor and principal have already met with those students who have expressed concerns," Hirsh wrote.
Correction: October 14, 2023 — An earlier version of this story misstated the name of the school. It is the Academy for Innovative Education, not the Academy of Innovative Education
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