Rocky Top Middle School was told that a drag queen would be coming to speak to the kids on career day.
“Jessica L’Whor,” is a relative of one student. “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. “At the same time, it opened up a door for conversation.”
A spokesperson for the district Joe Ferdani said the staff said that it would demonstrate inclusiveness of all.
District spokesperson Joe Ferdani said staff believed the visit by L’Whor would demonstrate their inclusiveness of all, no matter how they prefer to dress.
“I went to four classes. In every class, one person asked me how to handle negativity and hate,” L’Whor said. “There were a lot of kids interested in how I could have the confidence to go out looking the way I look.”
“Parents should have known in advance who was going to be speaking, and that didn’t happen in this particular situaiton,” Ferdani said. “Parents just needed to have more info, and context about what was going to be talked about, and some background on this individual, and they weren’t given that information.”