A Colorado middle school has apologized for not warning parents that a drag queen would be among the invited guests to speak to students as part of a career day.
The drag queen named Jessica L’Whor was among those who spoke to 12-year-olds at a career and literacy event at Rocky Top Middle School in Denver last Friday.
Introducing herself as “Ms Jessica”, the dancer and performer spoke to the students about her career and bullying.
She read part of a children’s book called ‘Horrible Harry’, which is focused on bullying, and then spoke about the damage it can do to people.
“Ms Jessica” was invited to speak at the career event by a student who is one of her relatives.
Following the outrage from some parents, the school said it was not apologizing for allowing “Ms Jessica” to speak.
They did, however, apologize for not warning parents that Ms Jessica would be speaking to the children.
Principal Chelsea Behanna sent a letter home to parents saying a handful of parents had expressed concern over Ms Jessica’s presence at the event.
‘Jessica, the drag queen, began her guest session with an explanation of her career -as did all other guests. She explained that she is a performer who, though a man, portrays a woman for her performances,’ Behanna said.
Behanna said she took responsibility for not notifying families ahead of time and apologized for any stress it had caused.
‘Moving forward, a prominent step in planning for next year will be to share the guest list for all families prior to the event.’
‘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.’