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Paramount High talent show turns striptease

May 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A school talent show turned into a strip show at Paramount High School. The high-schoolers stripped in front of an audience of students and teachers. The incident has sparked a district investigation.It was a talent show put on by several members of the class of 2010 at Paramount High School. But some wonder if it went too far. Students say there were teachers in the audience and they allowed the show to continue.

The talent show is called the "Mister Paramount Pageant." Several videos have been posted online showing male students on stage in the auditorium stripping off their clothes and dancing in their underwear. Some were wearing Speedos. As they dance around the stage you can hear students in the audience cheering. You can also hear some surprised by the whole thing.

"It's inappropriate for school," said student Lynette Tapia, who watched the show.

Christian Dominguez is one of those students on stage. He says he came up with the idea at the last minute.

"I had a bow tie, I had Speedos and I was like 'I think I have something good to do,' and I had the song 'Pony,' so I started stripping," said Dominguez. "It was for entertainment, to pump up the class for 2010."

Eyewitness News received an e-mail from an angry parent who is offended. She says this is simply inappropriate for high-school students.

Some of the more suggestive video can't be shown. It appears several teachers were in the audience and allowed the show to continue.

"If they saw it was going more and more they should have just stopped the whole thing, but they didn't. They just stood there," said student Emily Melgar.

"I'm like, 'Oh my god, I can't believe they aren't stopping it.' I mean, we were having fun, but after a while it got carried away," said student Wendy Garduno.

The Paramount Unified School District issued a statement:

"We are reviewing who arranged and managed the acts and there continues to remain questions regarding the program. We have deemed it inappropriate. We do not believe the behavior meets the standards of what we expect in the students at Paramount High School."

Oralia Cervantes has a daughter at the school. She says as a parent she does not approve of this, but says in today's society kids see these things in advertisements and on the Internet and it's hard to get away from.

Most students Eyewitness News spoke with hadn't seen the show but they did hear about it.

"I think it's bad for the school because they are going to start making comments about us and I think that's embarrassing too," said student Grace Palacios.

Some students said that it was just for fun, just a way to blow off some steam and express themselves after a long senior year.


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