‘This person is an adult entertainer and is talking to 12-year-old students about something that’s adult [in] nature…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A Colorado middle school is defending its decision to allow a drag queen to speak at its career event after receiving complaints from concerned parents.
Administrators of Rocky Top Middle School in Thornton, Colorado allowed Jessica L’Whor, a drag queen and burlesque performer, to speak to students during the school’s literacy and career event.
L’Whor—whose real name is Zack Sullivan—asked students to call him “Ms. Jessica” because he didn’t believe his character’s last name was appropriate for a school setting.
He appeared at Rocky Top on the invitation of a relative who is a student there, according to CBS Denver.
According to KDVR, Sullivan read a chapter from “Horrible Harry,” a children’s book, and spoke to students about bullying. He didn’t perform his regular routine, but he did tell kids about his job and how he makes money.
But when parents found out about Sullivan’s appearance, which they had not been made aware of, they were “appalled,” according to The Washington Post.
“This person is an adult entertainer and is talking to 12-year-old students about something that’s adult [in] nature,” Heather Rogers told KDVR.
The school’s principal, Chelsea Behanna, admitted the school should have notified parents before allowing Sullivan to speak to their students. In a letter sent home to parents on Monday, Behanna apologized for this failure and for “any stress this has caused you and your child.”
“Moving forward, a prominent step in planning for next year will be to share the guest list for all families prior to the event,” Behanna said in the letter. “Should you feel like any of the sessions are not appropriate for your child, you’ll be welcome to notify us and we’ll make alternate arrangements for your child during that time.”
But the school district is still defending its decision to allow the drag queen to speak to students.
“The school’s focus is to have an event that is representative of the diverse backgrounds and careers in the community,” Joe Ferdani, a spokesman for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, told CBS Denver.