On Wednesday, Denver Public Schools recruited a celebrity drag queen to serve as a crossing guard for the day.
Dixie Krystals, a drag entertainer for over 20 years, was brought on by the school district to attend a “Walk and Roll to School” day, according to the district’s social media post.
Krystals previously appeared on the Discovery+ show “Generation Drag,” which followed the lives of five teenagers as they prepared for a drag show performance.
Krystals was just one of the celebrities the school district enlisted to assist with crossing guard duties for the day in honor of Pedestrian Safety Month. Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero and Democratic Colorado Senator John Hickenlooper also attended the event.
Amy Kenreich, a Safe Routes to School Advocate, explained in a video posted by Denver Public Schools that the Walk and Roll event is a crossing guard holiday that promotes “active transportation.”
She stated that the district encouraged students to ditch their personal vehicles and find an alternative way to get to school, such as taking the bus, walking, or riding a bike.
Kenreich said that at least 18 schools in the district were celebrating the event and noted that some schools even have celebrity crossing guards.
Students who found an alternative way to get to school were rewarded with an opportunity to win prizes.
A local KUSA reporter posted a video of Krystals blowing a whistle, waving students through the crosswalk, and handing the students raffle tickets.
“Drag queens are known for their lewd and sexualized performances, and they have no place in or around schools,” Parents Defending Education investigative fellow Alex Nester told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Yet, for whatever reason, schools have been insistent on giving children access to these performers. It’s immoral, distracting and confusing for children.”
Neither Denver Public Schools nor Krystals immediately responded to a request for comment, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.