The Houston Public Library has been forced to apologize after inviting a transgender to read to kids despite having a conviction for sexually abusing a child.
The library invited Albert Alfonso Garza, 32, to read to kids during its “Drag Queen Story Hour” even though a background check was never performed.
Garza had been part of the reading program at the Montrose Library but now it has been revealed he had a criminal record when hired.
According to ABC 13 News:
ABC13 Eyewitness News has learned Garza was charged with child sex assault in 2008. According to records, his victim was a child under the age of 14 years old.
The library said appropriate action is being taken to ensure every participant in every program is verified to ensure similar incidents cannot happen in the future.
The library adds that the Drag Queen Reading Hours are monitored by library staff and all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The library system issued the following statement:
We were made aware today that one participant for Drag Queen storytime who read at the September 29, 2018, Drag Queen Storytime has a criminal background that should have prevented him from participating in the program.
We assure you that this participant will not be involved in any future HPL programs.
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. We deeply regret this oversight and the concern this may cause our customers. We realize this is a serious matter.
Every program sponsored by HPL is supervised by HPL staff, and all children are accompanied by a parent and/or guardian. No participant is ever alone with children, and we have not received any complaints about any inappropriate behavior by participants at storytimes.
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.
Once again, we apologize for our failure to adhere to our own process in this matter and to the hundreds of parents and caregivers who have enjoyed this program with their children.
Drag Queen reading hours have become a popular program over the last several years in several liberal cities including New York and Los Angles.
It is all an effort to push transgenderism and the radical LGBTQ ideology on children as well as an effort to normalize deviant behavior.
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