Parents are infuriated after learning that Rocky Top Middle School in Colorado brought in a drag queen for the school’s career day event last Friday without first notifying them of the bizarre guest. The Adams 12 Five Star school district admits that the school should have notified parents in advance, but the district refuses to apologize.
The Daily Wire reports that Rocky Top Middle School invited drag queen “Jessica L’Whor,” who appeared in full drag, to speak to four different 6th-8th grade classes, read a book on bullying, and answer questions pertaining to “negativity and hate” for the school’s career day event. District spokesman Joe Ferdani states that L’Whor, who is a relative of one of the students, was invited to help represent “the diverse backgrounds and careers in the community.”
The district was hoping to underscore just how inclusive it is. Rocky Top principal Chelsea Behanna touted the event as one that showcased the community’s diversity.
In a letter sent to parents on Monday, she said “Jessica read a chapter from ‘Horrible Harry’ and she used the text to illustrate the damage bullies can do, the need to always put kindness and acceptance at the forefront, and the shortsightedness of judging a book by its cover.”
L’Whor is no stranger to controversy and told CBS News that he fully anticipated backlash.
“I knew it was going to be controversial because that was nothing that would be allowed when I was in middle school,” L’Whor said, CBS reports. “At the same time, it opened up a door for conversation.”
“I went to four classes. In every class, one person asked me how to handle negativity and hate,” said L’Whor. “There were a lot of kids interested in how I could have the confidence to go out looking the way I look.”
But parents were angered by both the school’s decision to invite L’Whor in the first place, as well as the school’s failure to notify parents in advance that the school would be hosting such a controversial speaker.
“Parents are in an outrage, and this is so inappropriate on so many levels,” CBS Denver was told in an e-mail.
“I was pretty appalled. I was pretty surprised. It was a shock because no one was notified,” parent Jen Payer said.