DeSantis to Send CPS to Parents Exposing Children to Drag Queens
Florida governor to put Child Protective Services on the case
Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is to begin sending Child Protective Services (CPS) agents to investigate adults who expose children to drag queen shows.
During a media briefing on Wednesday, DeSantis was asked about how he plans to tackle the "woke" trend of exposing young children to adult sexual themes.
He was asked about proposed legislation to protect children from drag shows.
"We have child protective statutes on the books," said DeSantis, who added that his staff was looking at the law.
"We have laws against child endangerment."
He went on to reference "disturbing" videos from a drag show performance at a bar in Dallas, Texas, that showed children shoving dollar bills into the underwear of adult male drag performers.
"Part of the reason why we fought the fight with Parents Rights in Education is because there's a movement to interject these things like gender ideology in elementary schools even, and my view is, our school need to be teaching these kids to read and write and add and subtract and do the things that are supposed to be done in school," DeSantis continued.
"Injecting these agendas into it is wrong, and that's why we did the Parent's Rights and Education bill," he added.
Videos and images from the drag show event in Dallas outraged many on social media.
Others on the left defended the incident and accused critics of bigotry and prejudice against alternate lifestyles.
“It used to be kids would be off-limits,” DeSantis continued.
"Used to be everybody agreed with that.
“And now it just seems like there’s a concerted effort to be exposing kids more and more to things that are not age-appropriate.”
He concluded by saying Florida needs to be a "family-friendly state" and received overwhelming support from those attending the briefing.
DeSantis is widely considered to be the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination for 2024 unless President Donald Trump chooses to run again.