- The Washington Times - Friday, June 2, 2017

New York City parents were reportedly “horrified” last week when a talent show meant for grade schoolers ended with a “surprise performance” by a PTA president dressed in drag who proceeded to dance seductively and flash his underwear.

At the official public school Learning Expo for students in Manhattan’s District 4, children as young as 5 were exposed to a performance by Public School 96 Parent Association President Frankie Quinones that devolved into a “full-on, erotic drag show complete with gyrations, tongue gymnastics and a flashed G-string,” according to the New York Daily News.

Video taken from a parent’s cellphone showed the man onstage in a dress and wig, lip-syncing a song by famed Puerto Rican singer Iris Chacón. At one point, he lies on the ground and kicks his leg in the air, exposing his underwear.

“People were horrified,” parent Raquel Morales told the Daily News. “It looked like a nightclub performance. I’ve been asking for an apology from the district for the last week, and they’ve been ignoring it.”

“I saw her doing things like sticking her legs out and shaking her bottom and it felt weird,” said her 10-year-old son, J.D. “I don’t know why they would do that for an elementary school.”

Parents said Mr. Quinones is known for performing in drag clubs around the city. District 4 Superintendent Alexandra Estrella, who emceed the school event, reportedly introduced his act, which was described on the event flyer as a “Special Surprise Performance!”

“I left the show the minute he started sticking his tongue out. I had my children with me and I wasn’t going to allow them to see that,” another parent, who requested anonymity, told the Daily News. “It was a very poor presentation of Iris Chacón, anyway. She was not like that.”

Education Department spokesman Michael Aciman called the performance “inappropriate.”

“The content of the performance was inappropriate, and a school administrator has spoken with the parent,” the department said in a statement. “Mr. Quinones has served the maximum number of terms permitted as PTA president, and the school will host an election later this month to select a new president. The superintendent will continue to meet with parents and review the process for vetting performances at district events.”

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