A Pennsylvania school district has apologized for a local high school's after-school drag show and has placed a staffer who was involved in organizing it on administrative leave.
The drag show at Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pennsylvania, took place last week and was organized by the school's Gay Sexuality Alliance club and reportedly included a highly sexualized dance routine, including exposed buttocks.
"First and foremost, the administration team apologizes to students, parents, and the community on behalf of those involved in this event," the district said in a Friday statement. "We are appalled at what took place and in no way condone this type of activity in our schools. Neither the dress of the invited guests nor the performance was appropriate in our school setting."
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"We are taking the incident seriously in our ongoing investigation and follow-up actions," the statement continued. "It is important to district administrators that the district has the trust and confidence of the community, and we realize that an incident such as this completely undermines that trust. We commit to completing a thorough investigation and holding those involved accountable, up to and including disciplinary action that is commensurate with any findings."
The show first drew attention after a local parent posted about it in a community Facebook group, according to the local outlet Lancaster Online. The parent told the outlet that her objections to the show were not because of its ties to gay and transgender ideology.
"It wouldn't make a difference to me if it was a woman doing this. It's irrelevant that they are drag queens, it's the type of the performance at the school," the parent said.
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The incident also drew the attention of Republican state senator Ryan Aument, who said he had discussed the incident with the district superintendent, Mike Bromirski. Aument is a co-sponsor of legislation that would notify parents of sexually explicit material in public schools.