By Dillon Thomas

THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4) — A school district has apologized to parents after hosting a drag queen as part of a career day. A spokesperson for Adams 12 Five Star schools said Rocky Top Middle School staff should have notified parents a drag queen would be speaking to their children before allowing the speech to happen.

(credit: CBS)

Students at Rocky Top in Thornton range from 6th to 8th grade. The drag queen, identified as a woman who goes by “Jessica L’Whor,” is a relative of one student. The district confirmed she was invited to attend career day.

“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.”

(credit: Jessica L’Whor)

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.

“The school’s focus is to have an event that is representative of the diverese backgrounds and careers in the community,” Ferdani said.

L’Whor said dressing in drag is her career. She told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas her work takes her around the country and often leaves her working six days per week.

(credit: Jessica L’Whor)

L’Whor did not perform for the students, rather electing to read a book which addressed bullying.

CBS4’s Dillon Thomas interviews Jessica L’Whor. (credit: CBS)

“The book talks about bullies, and the negative things that can happen through being bullied,” Ferdani said.

One student’s parent sent CBS4 an email, saying in part, “Parents are in an outrage, and this is so inappropriate on so many levels.”

L’Whor said she felt most students were educated by her visit.

“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.”

While the district would not apologize to concerned parents for hosting L’Whor, they did apologize for not giving parents notice of the visit.

Joe Ferdani (credit: CBS)

“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.”

L’Whor said she hoped parents would see her visit as educational, rather than inappropriate.

“I would tell the parents, ‘I’m not telling your kid to go off and become a drag queen. I’m telling them to have the conversations. Because, it will come up in life.”

Rocky Top’s Principal apologized to parents, and said all future career day guests would be identified for parents to review beforehand. If a parent is against their child hearing from a speaker, they will be allowed the opportunity to pull their child from the speech.

Dillon Thomas is a reporter at CBS4 and a Colorado native. He believes everyone has a story, and would love to share yours! You can find more of his stories by following him on Twitter, @DillonMThomas.

Comments (94)
  1. Drag Queens Invited into British Primary Schools

  2. William Banks says:

    Wonder what the invitation list included? Carpenters, biologists, pastors, counselors, curriculum developers, drilling rig crew member, botanist? Or was this more a political/social statement…

    1. Mike Bomberger says:

      Everything is a social statement. From the clothes you wear to whatever else. I don’t see the point in labeling it that way. Drag is an actual career, leave it at that please.

      1. David Reed says:

        Drag isn’t a career. Jeez, where the hell is all this coming from? Drag is guys dressing up like girls after work.

      2. adozengifts says:

        Drag queen is a mental disorder and it should have stated so, to the children.. Go get help if this happens to you..

      3. Wm Layer says:

        Drag Queen a career? Well, maybe on the the fringe where deviates are the norm, but certainly not in front of children. To do so is to endorse perversion, and to reveal how morally corrupt the education world truly is.

  3. Jon Williams says:

    I respect Jessica so much and I’m glad she shared stories and talked about bullying. We have to remember that there are so many different professions out there and so many kids don’t usually see someone who represents there own identity or even their struggle with it. We really need to understand that being different is not wrong, and I think Jessica brings that.

    1. A stripper is a profession too. Would you support strippers explaining their work and how it puts them through school to a 7th grader? Sexuality does not belong in career days.

    2. adozengifts says:

      A murderer is speaking next week, says he has rights too and was bullied by the Warden and staff at his local prison..

    3. The person or persons who allowed this he/she/it to be invited to Career Day should be fired, have their head(s) examined and prohibited from ever working with children again.

    4. “She” is a dude in dress. Prove me wrong.

      1. Ken Dixon says:

        Thank you, Captain Obvious.

  4. Lori Gottschalk says:

    I’m a Rocky Top parent and totally support this. Her message is one of kindness and acceptance. A member of the clergy also attended, and nobody thought that was odd, even though not everyone follows the same religion (or perhaps none at all). From talking with my kids, they hear about all kinds of things anyway. Why not use this as an opportunity to discuss it in an open and educational way?

    1. Luis Martinez says:


    2. Ali Shishkabab says:

      I agree with Luis, you are part of the problem.

    3. So sad that your children have a degenerate like you for a mom. The founding fathers knew if women were allowed to vote our nation would decline morally and turn away from liberty and Godliness. You are so like Eve who destroyed paradise.

    4. Lori! You are not a parent. You just baby sit your husband’s bi-racial children while he he is out creeping on other white woman. You will be paying the toll soon enough.

    5. You have just outed yourself as an official NPC. Game over you moron.

    6. Lillian Callahan says:

      You are insane. Did you ever hear the term “age appropriate?” If you think this agenda driven insanity is appropriate, invite these people to your home. Using it in a public school situation gives the wrong message.

      Cross dressing is a career?

      As parental rights are being assaulted and violated, every day, especially by our nation-wrecking public school system, this will only get worse.

      Hopefully, your child will not grow up to feel she should indulge int hese activities, since, after all, she learned about it in school.

      Parents need to wake up to the fact that the public education system is the biggest enemy America has, and it has been that way for decades with teacher who cannot be fired. .

    7. Danny Sabo says:

      If you are doing your job as a parent, this isn’t neccessary. It isn’t the responsibility of middle schools to teach this…it is ours as parents as WE see fit. You don’t have to like it and i really don’t care. Perhaps if schools were doing their job of teaching reading writing and arithmetic national test scores wouldn’t be as abysmally embarrassing as they are. Is this what they want to spend even more money they claim to need or to indoctrinate our children with a Marxist agenda? I suspect the latter. My child doesn’t hate LQGBQT people or minorities or anyone because as a parent I taught him his values and morals and led by example. Maybe you should do the same and demand your school prepares your child for the work force. You know…do their job.
      Furthermore, being a drag queen isn’t a career or one we should inspire our children to be. This drag queen found a way to make money by being a caricature of a woman. It’s an over sexualized version of a woman that has no place around children. We are forcing them to grow up too fast as it is. Surely there are better non sexual examples of bullying then someone basically wearing clown make up. Stop making weak excuses and use common reasoning!

    8. Lori, I think you’re trolling. Nobody is this degenerate.

  5. Mark Mullins says:

    Liberals flock to children because they are easily impressionable and have yet to develop sound judgment, therefor easily brainwashed.

    1. Pam Dixon says:

      I totally agree. They are trying to hit the next generation to their agenda. Make kids used to their sickness. Totally sick.

  6. Seriously folks, who’s running the asylum over there?

    That creature has mental issues galore…should have never been allowed on campus.
    On career day too….smh*

    Home school or private if you can afford it. Public skrewels will always disappoint.

  7. Rerun Danger says:

    disgusting…. why let a mentally ill person talk to students?? what next a pedophile gets to talk to our kids??

    sick, sick, sick.

  8. Shrimps Howard says:

    This needs to stop. Please stop exposing the innocent minds of children to people with transgender psychotic mental disorders.

  9. Gerald Bruce says:

    Jessica L’Whor is a “drag queen”…a man that dresses in women’s clothing. Nowhere is it stated that this person is transgender. So, Jessica L’Whor is a “he”, not a “she”. Funny how even the supporters of various alternative lifestyles can’t get the gender labels correct.

  10. If there are any real men, or mothers in Adams county, the people responsible for this travesty would be riding a rail toward the county line right now, covered with tar and feathers.

  11. Edwin Driggers says:

    Kinda feeling like a T Rex these days, wonder if that could fly as a career?

  12. Likely, pedophiles and sex offenders run Rocky Top.

  13. Jeff Mitchell says:

    What do you expect from a pothead state!

  14. So they couldn’t get a stripper or a porn star for career day so they had a drag queen?!? The purpose of having a career day isn’t to talk about being inclusive towards drag queens. It’s to discuss chosen career paths and educate the students about them. L’Whor talked about bullying which although it’s an issue that the school should address with its students, it’s not the purpose of career day!

    1. Maybe the porn star and stripper Stormy Daniels and her creepy porn lawyer are available.
      She could explain to the little kiddies how great it is to have sex on camera for big bucks and the lawyer could explain how easy it is to get a porn star to make fake sexual accusations against someone. Sicko liberals.

  15. Josie Portello says:

    If she is a she, then it is not drag.

  16. Bob Phelps says:

    Parents are outraged because this was outrageous. Time to call out outrageous behavior.

  17. The last name is what I wouldn’t ant my kids to hear.

  18. Kourt Clarke says:

    Inclusiveness apparently does NOT include parents who are actually responsible for their own children. Welcome to the Left’s ‘Parents Not Included’ socialism.

  19. If anyone deserves to be bullied, it’s Jessica L’Whor and the people who invited it to the school!

  20. Kennie Harris says:

    Did anyone hear the undercurrent in the school’s stance? They would not apologize for inviting the person, but they did apologize for not informing them…in other words, we would still do this even if you objected. And if you so choose you may “pull your child out” of the speech so that they may be ostracized and labeled as intolerant along with their bigoted parents. School officials are so arrogant.

  21. Jack Inmanz says:

    I lived in Denver for 20 years, and I can safely say that Adams County is the Florida of Colorado.

  22. Greg Coe says:

    Which bathroom did he use?

  23. Gary Griffin says:

    No agenda here……move along…..nothing to see.

  24. Brian Lucas says:

    Where are all the interviews with angry parents??? Most of the story is about this perverted individual. Let me guess: the reporter “couldn’t find any”. Or maybe she didn’t bother. Once again, media bias at its finest.

  25. Easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

  26. Jeff Smith says:

    This is completely inappropriate.

  27. Joseph Consolo says:

    The schools and parents allowed it now this, should have not allowed it to start.
    What to expect from a rollover state that went democrat from California…

  28. Darren Taylor says:

    Who was fired?

  29. Nick Cignetti says:

    Stay tuned as the society decays and descends into oblivion.

  30. John Schilling says:

    The hubris, condescension, and arrogance of this principal are so over the top!!!

    “If a parent is against their child hearing from a speaker, they will be allowed the opportunity to pull their child from the speech.”

    Parents will be “ALLOWED THE OPPORTUNITY?” “ALLOWED????????”

    How about, “Parents’ rights to know what is being presented to their children will be respected!!!”

    Take your kids out of this school!!! They’ll do what they want, when they want, and give a meaningless bread-in-water statement if anyone gets upset. Better still, replace the school board and the superintendent!

  31. Asian countries for Asians.

    Black countries for Blacks.

    but White countries for everybody?

    That’s genocide.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for Anti-White

  32. Mike Easter says:

    Conversations are great. But this was Career Day – a day to talk to kids about possible careers. This presenter states outright that it was not his intent to tell kids to go out and earn a living as a draq queen. He was essentially usurping this event to use it as his platform to initiate a conversation he thought should be happening. Again – NOT the purpose of Career Day. Find another more appropriate venue. And shame on the school for buckling to a perceived need to exhibit “diversity” for its own sake, regardless of whether it was relevant to the purpose and objectives of the event.

  33. Craig Cochran says:

    Public school are a cesspool of liberal indoctrination.

  34. Jerry Walton says:

    It wouldn’t have been so bad if it had lead to a discussion of mental illness. Instead it lead to a discussion of career choices. Sad.

  35. Gwen Robinson-Joyce says:

    All these negative comments are only part of the reason my 9th grader has had to do online schooling for the past two years…while transgender (which is what my child is) is not the same as drag, the hateful reactions are the same…meanwhile this very morning, my trans online schooled child has a school assignment that requires reading the Bible which technically offends us..I didn’t even know much, if anything, about transgender until my child identified as such…what if a Dr. gave us a cancer diagnosis, would I not have done my research and my best to get what my child needed?? I don’t understand the “cause” of transgender anymore than I understand the “cause” of cancer, but I will continue to love and support my child through it all just the same…and if any of you think your child is not sitting next to an LBGTQ person in school, you;re sadly mistaken…all this division just makes me sad for all of us…

  36. Darlene Littlejohn says:

    If transgender is so ‘normal’, then why does someone get paid for dressing as the opposite of their biological gender?

  37. Tyler Drum says:

    Great job Jessica! So proud of you!

  38. Neal says:

    Simple solution. Homeshool.

  39. Mike Lima says:

    EVERYONE involved in that decision should be FIRED IMMEDIATELY !!!!

  40. Drag Queen Career? Voulez Vous, c’est la vie

  41. When one votes insane people to the school board, one shouldn’t be surprised.

  42. The schools principals knows the drag queen perverts very well and does business with them.

  43. tngilmer says:

    This is what happens when you send your puppies to be educated by pigs, at pig run schools where pig values are forced on your puppies. Never send your puppies to be educated by pigs. (Animal Farm reference)

  44. J.D. Johnson says:

    Mainstreaming this garbage has not helped people with mental illness who think they are of the opposite gender, it has only set them back. There is no justification for having anyone with severe psychological issues speaking to children.

  45. Fire the principal and everyone else who was involved in bringing this sicko into the school to recruit children.

  46. Mac Joiner says:

    And the indoctrination continues. No stopping now.

  47. Rusty Armor says:

    The point that so many of the commenters fail to see is that the goddam kids DO NOT belong to the school. They belong to the parents, and the parents are the ones to decide if drag queens are a proper speaker at a middle school career day. Not some pointy headed academic, not some comenter, not the school boards.
    The parents are right in this … THEY should have been consulted …

  48. Lawrence Hill says:

    A drag queen is a MAN dressed as a Woman. Why is he constantly referred to as “she”? Jessica L”WHOR(E)”. Yeah, they knew this would not go over well with parents. Somebody needs to lose their job.

  49. A prostitute is invited to speak next week.

  50. Ethan Wayne says:

    I weep for our culture.

  51. Lisal Christian says:

    Anyone who sends their children to a public indoctrination center can expect this sort of thing.

  52. Alafair Robicheaux says:

    I think everyone deserves respect and kindness and to not be bullied. A drag queen has nothing to do with school or careers, Not everyone has to agree with other peoples’ lifestyles and it is never ok to force someone to accept or made to feel you have to accept or else you are bigoted or a bad person just because you don’t agree with it.
    With that said because you agree or disagree with a person’s lifestyle you are not their judge, God is everyone’s judge. Example; someone disagrees with someone being transgender no one has a right to judge them as if you believe being transgender is a sin, well; overeating is a sin, living unmarried in a romantic relationship with your partner is a sin, looking at your neighbor and wanting something they have is a sin so, NO one but God can judge anyone. as a sin is a sin is a sin.
    As far as the Drag Queen at the elementary school; this was inappropriate for young school children, most don’t understand and just like teaching a child to love their dog or cat then taking them out to teach them to hunt a deer and then coming home to a fish or chicken dinner., these things are confusing to a child; imagine how they feel when they see mom and dad and their brothers and sisters, aunt and uncles, classmates and teachers and then this man comes into their classroom dressed as a woman. How does a child reconcile this in their mind? Even if they have had these things explained to them previously does not mean it makes sense to them.

  53. Lee Campbell says:

    School Guest Speaker Planning Committee meeting:
    “Lets bring in a grown man who is possessed by a female demon”
    “Hey that’s a great idea!”

    :: shaking head ::

  54. Handy Andy says:

    Remember in November this is what the Democrats support. If u want drags queens for career day then vote for the Dems.

  55. This will be the norm if the Dems get in control of the country again. Don’t let that happen!

  56. Chuck Yates says:

    As a parent I would sue.

  57. Keith Diggs says:

    The people who invited this FREAK should be DRAGGED OUT OF THAT SCHOOL AND MURDERED IN THE STREET!!!!!

  58. Karen Sakala Shute says:

    This is the time for America to make their choice. Live free in a nation under GOD. Or live enslaved by the demoncrats in a satanic nation. GOD bless America and our President.

  59. Giovanni Sagredo says:

    Did any of the kids think to ask “How much can a Drag Queen expect to make a year?”, “what can you do for career advancement?”, “did you have to study for this job?”, “what exactly do you do that people pay you?”, “My mom sticks long fat mechanical tubes into peoples colons, looks around inside, and occasionally cuts out little pieces of tissue that look bad and sends it to a lab to be tested. She gets paid for this, and If it was cancer she just saved someone’s life… what do you do for money?”

  60. R Couch says:

    and the californiaperversionization of Colorado continues

  61. Jeffrey M. Scott says:

    Every person on the school board who approved this “drag queen” coming to speak should be fired or voted out ASAP! That goes for the School’s administration and teaching staff as well! What the heck are these fools thinking????

  62. Bob Olson says:

    Vote liberals in, this is what you get. Insanity

  63. Mark Ritchie says:


  64. Michael Wolfe says:

    Who, in their right mind, wouldn’t have thought this wasn’t going to be controversial? The persons responsible for scheduling this person should be removed from their job. If for no other reason at least for being too stupid to work in school administration.

  65. Charlie Whiting says:

    It;s all good, right? Let’s celebrate mental illness…as a career even. What a drag.

  66. I cannot believe the anti LGBTQAI+ parents took issue with this! They are raising their children to hate! Drag queens should be brought into all schools K-5

  67. Jim Macdonald says:

    The entire education system has been infested for decades with with liberals who promote history revision, common core math, ebonics, sexual perversion, political hatred, and gender confusion. The result is two generations of morons out there who can’t read, write, or communicate effectively. They can’t even count change, and most of them have no marketable skills or work ethic. They’re preoccupied with smartphones, video games, tattoos, body piercings, junk food, and drugs.

  68. Parents should be grateful…coulda’ been a mob hit man…or woman?

  69. Lyn Levens says:

    It has always been the practice of doing something that is controversial or blatant- by simply going ahead and doing it -instead of asking for and NOT getting permission- by just doing it and then saying that you’re sorry after the rage and criticism comes for doing it!

  70. Colin Basye says:

    From a 1,000 foot view, this incident is yet another cog in the wheel of destroying and transforming our society as our youth are brainwashed into believing that the perverse is now normal. As our society is weakened with wicked and anti-Christian messages, we become evermore ready for a demented global leader who will promise amazing things but deliver misery and chaos instead. Historically, sexual perversion always portends the destruction of a society.

    On an individual level, all individuals need to recognize their tendency towards depravity and sin, then turn from that lifestyle to a loving and forgiving God, who will wipe away that wicked record from his memory on the inevitable judgement day, as all humans will bow the knee to Jesus Christ and confess that He is Lord on that day. Some will confess to their condemnation and others to their graceful admittance into His presence.

    The only “discussion” that should be occurring is in teaching our young people to reject this wicked lifestyle and embrace Christ as Savior, followed by a life lived with purpose and fulfillment for Him. That is true Hope and Change.

  71. Kristin Tuckerflores says:

    These comments make me so sad. Being a Drag Queen does NOT mean you have a mental disability. Maybe people should educate themselves before spreading hate. He was talking to the kids about being bullied, and with parents comments like what I just read, bulling should be talked about daily. Please stop spreading hate, LOVE always wins!

  72. Marcia Fuksa says:

    I Just cant get past that AWFUL makeup…who would want to look like THAT every day?? Poor sick people..SMH

  73. Lee Rutledge Desmond says:

    And we wonder why there has been an exodus from public schools around the country in the last 20+ years…

    I bet the school would choose differently if parents pulled their kids out and decide to either enroll them in a different school or home educate— I’d have done that in a heartbeat. Money talks, and the school would lose a lot of it.

    Could it actually be possible that those who decided to invite this “career speaker” didn’t discuss the possibility of controversy over this choice ahead of time? I believe it was a blatant decision to ask for forgiveness rather than ask for permission.

    Parents, WE are responsible for our children, and our tax dollars are paying these people’s salaries!

    I work for a woman who runs an interpretation company—so next time, if the school must be “politically correct” they should invite someone like my friend. Her interpreters work with the disabled, refugees, the elderly, all nationalities, etc. THAT is s true and positive career choice. Heck, many of the kids who are bilingual could be working in that very needed field in just a few years!