December 6, 2023

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Amusement firm refutes report linking it to Hempfield Significant Faculty immediately after-faculty celebration showcasing ‘professional dancers’ | Local Information

Some of the drag queens who performed at Hempfield Large University last 7 days are experts who at times work for an Altoona-centered entertainment organization, the owner explained to LNP | LancasterOnline.

The proprietor of that firm stated, nonetheless, that the company was not included in the function and that the dancers participated on their very own.

Depiro’s Divas owner Michael Depiro claimed Monday he is consulting a attorney due to a report late very last week by an on the internet-only information website that the efficiency “featured experienced dancers” with a website link to the Depiro’s Divas web site.

Problems about the occasion should really not be directed toward his organization or the performers, Depiro reported.

“This is not their (the performers’) trouble, this is the school’s difficulty,” he stated. “They ended up heading to what they imagined was an enlightening issue for the students.”

In its report released Friday, Harrisburg 100 also reported the exhibit was structured by a Hempfield Large School teacher.

Hempfield School District reported in a statement Friday that it experienced been designed conscious of a “serious situation” at the district during an April 25 just after-faculty occasion for the Homosexual Sexuality Alliance Club but has not made available extra facts.

In the assertion the district documented it was investigating the predicament and that an unique experienced been set on administrative depart. The statement reads, in component, “We are appalled at what took place and in no way condone this type of activity in our universities. Neither the gown of the invited company nor the efficiency was proper in our university placing.”

Depiro stated performers who from time to time do the job for his enterprise place on the display, but they did so on their very own, not by way of his business, incorporating that the occasion was free of charge and the performers ended up not paid out.

Depiro reported he is not releasing the names of the performers or any additional information and facts until he gets further more instruction from his law firm.

Depiro’s Divas is a “high-vitality-packed drag demonstrate production with a group of talented queens,” according to its site, with some demonstrates that are kid-pleasant.

Hempfield school board President Grant Keener stated Monday that the investigation was ongoing, and referred to the district’s statement when asked for remark.

Keener said he did not have understanding of this sort of performances in past decades, a claim innovative on Twitter by @libsoftiktok, an account identified for reposting material made by liberal, left-wing and LGBT TikTok accounts in a derogatory fashion. A total of 1.1 million Twitter buyers comply with the account.

The tweet from @libsoftiktok claimed to present a screenshot of a social media post from a trainer who structured the Hempfield general performance. That submit indicated that this was the third 12 months of the general performance.

Harrisburg 100 did not immediately reply to a request by LNP | LancasterOnline for remark.