Update: The erotic drag show performance featured professional dancers. The show was organized by a Hempfield High School teacher who has subsequently been placed on administrative leave, according to a statement released by the district this afternoon.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania – An erotic drag show featuring professional dancers was held at the high school on Monday after school hours. It was announced to all the students attending school during second period that day. Allegedly no permission slips were issued or signed by parents for the event.
It is unknown how much the dancers were paid, and if taxpayer dollars were used to fund the event.
The GSA (genders sexualities alliance) advisor at the Hempfield High School is French teacher Kelly Tyson (center of photo). Tyson organized the drag show and is very proud of it. Children attended the show, and it was a student who took the video posted below. Tyson has allegedly hosted several drag queen shows previously.
Tyson has not responded to a request for comment.
The next Hempfield School District board meeting is May 10th, 7pm at the Administration Building, 200 Church St, Landisville, PA.
Video from the event:
The district released a statement this afternoon:
The Hempfield School District administration was made aware of a serious situation that took place at the high school on Monday, April 25, after school hours. Administration was notified of a concerning social media post and photo, and later videos, of a performance that occurred during an after-school event for GSA (Gay Sexuality Alliance) Club students. Immediately following the notification, an investigation into the incident began.
First and foremost, the administration team apologizes to students, parents, and the community on behalf of those involved in this event. 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.
We are taking the incident seriously in our ongoing investigation and follow-up actions. 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. Currently, an individual has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Since this is a personnel issue, there will be certain information the district is unable to share with the public.
We respectfully request that while the appropriate district personnel investigate and address this serious matter, individuals refrain from speculation and furthering currently circulating misinformation that can get in the way of a thorough and accurate investigation.