As if “Drag Queen Storytime” for kids wasn’t controversial enough, the Houston Public Library is now apologizing after it allowed a registered sex offender to participate in the program.
An activist group, which goes by the name Mass Resistance, alerted local news station KHOU-TV of the shocking information.
The library has now confirmed one of its “drag queens,” 32-year-old Alberto Garza, was convicted of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy in 2008.
“Most parents would not allow that individual to sit in this library and be held up as a role model to our children. Shame on you, Mayor (Sylvester) Turner!” Tracy Shannon, a spokesperson with Mass Resistance, said in a statement.
The Houston Public Library also admitted that they failed to even do a background check before allowing Garza to be around the children.
“In our review of our process and of this participant, we discovered that we failed to complete a background check as required by our own guidelines,” the library said in a statement. “We deeply regret this oversight and the concern this may cause our customers. We realize this is a serious matter.”
The statement added: “We are taking the appropriate action to ensure that the status of every participant in every program throughout our system is verified. We will continue to review our process to ensure that this cannot happen again.”
Shannon blasted the library for failing to do its duty and protect innocent children, a sentiment surely shared by many Americans.
“If they had done their job and due diligence, if they had said wait...maybe it’s not a good idea to have a sex offender who at 200 pounds and 5-foot-11 assaulted an 8-year-old boy!” Shannon added.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott put the entire program on notice.
"How much are you paying for a library where a registered sex offender participated in Drag Queen Storytime? The Fact is, Houston spends plenty of taxpayer dollars for services that are not essential. Houston, just like other cities, can handle property tax reform," Aboott tweeted.
This is just sick.