Bedford County Schools will move event promoted as a ‘drag show’ due to public concern

FOREST, Virginia. – Bedford County Public Schools has decided to move an event called “A Knight with Kendall” after locals raised concerns.

The an event was scheduled for August 4 at Jefferson Forest High School and was to be a lip-sync performance of popular songs. All proceeds from the event went to benefit the Jefferson Forest Theater Program.

But after a social media post promoted the event as a “Drag Extravaganza,” some residents raised concerns with the school board, prompting leaders to move the event.

Bedford County Public Schools released a statement on their decision on Tuesday:

“Since becoming aware of these concerns, our division administration has met with the organizers of this event and have mutually agreed to find an alternate sponsor and venue for the event, which will be released by the organizers of the event. ‘event once finalized,’ the statement read.

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Spence White, director of the Cavalier Theatre, also issued a statement on the school’s decision.

“The Cavalier Theater at Jefferson Forest is, and always has been, an inclusive venue,” White said. “Kendall Mullins has been a fearless benefactor to this program, donating his considerable talents to the tune of nearly $3,000 over 5 past public performances. Due to concerns brought to the school board, this 6th event has been moved to another location to be determined.

White then expressed her feelings about the decision and noted how it could impact students.

“We are deeply disappointed with this decision and, more importantly, the message it sends to some students in Bedford County,” White said. “We look forward to future changes and are packing Kendall’s chosen location for her move on August 4! Kendall is still working.

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