After coming under fire last week for a video showing a drag queen straddling a female student sitting in a chair during an LGBTQ+ pride event on campus, a North Carolina community college is looking to “revise campus policies.”
Critics claim Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, which offers two on-campus high school programs that allow students as young as 14 to enroll beginning in ninth grade, raises larger concerns about minors being exposed to sexually explicit behavior.
Parents Defending Education’s Alex Nester ripped the incident on “Fox News Live” on Sunday, invoking broad concerns about what’s going on in America’s education system and asking anchor Mike Emanuel, “Where are the adults?”
“As we saw in that video, a drag queen touched a child inappropriately. It raises the question: What policies need to be reconsidered at this school to protect children from adults touching them inappropriately? That’s shameful that there are adults standing there in the room and no one is doing anything,” she said.
The video, which was originally posted by the infamous Libs of TikTok Twitter account, showed the drag queen straddling the female student and tacked on an article about how the campus’ Pride Festival “lured” students with “free food and drinks.”
Emanuel asked Nester during their discussion, “What about teaching the basics?”
“Students are really far behind after the pandemic, unfortunately,” Nester responded, a dilemma she alleged stemmed from teachers’ unions pushing to keep schools closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Students are struggling academically and emotionally and yet, what does this college do? Put on a pride event and have a drag queen there for students.”
In a statement, the college defended the event, writing, “These students, like all college students, are free to attend any student event.
Forsyth Tech is dedicated to being a place of opportunity for our students. In order to keep that promise, we have clearly stated our mission, vision, and equity statements.”
Similar controversies preceded the incident at Forsyth Technical, with parents raising concerns about school districts across the country hosting drag queen story hours and similar events, as well as offering age-inappropriate reading materials and instruction.