The program promised a “special surprise performance” at the end of the elementary school’s talent show Thursday night, May 25. And by all means, they got it.
After all the kids’ piano and choir performances at the Manhattan public school talent show were completed, a man took the stage wearing a see-through sequined dress, high heels and a red wig. He then gave them a performance that resulted in many parents taking their children and leaving the room.
The man was reportedly doing a lip-synch performance of a song from the 1980’s by Iris Chacón.
Parents say it was completely inappropriate for children, where kids as young as 5 years old were in attendance.
One parent interviewed, Raquel Morales, who attended with her fifth-grade student, said, “It looked like a nightclub performance. I’ve been asking for an apology from the school district for the last week, and they’ve been ignoring it.”
Her 10-year-old son, J.D., said, “I saw her doing things like sticking her legs out and shaking her bottom and it felt weird,” said the boy. “I don’t know why they would do that for an elementary school.”
The performer was non other than the Public School 96 PTA President, Frank Quinones.
The following statement was released by the New York City Department of Education:
“The content of the performance was inappropriate, and a school administrator has spoken with the parent. 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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