Sometimes The Show Shouldn't Go On

School officials caught between a talent show and a striptease

School officials were trying to figure out what to do about a student talent show at Paramount High School that turned into a striptease when some male performers stripped down to their underwear or Speedos and pranced about.

Some parents complained when a video of the striptease turned up on the Internet, complete with other students throwing money at the male strippers.

ABC7 received e-mail from parent Emily Melgar, who said the teachers and staff who attended the event should have shut down the show when it got ribald.

"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 Melgar.

Student Christian Dominguez said he made an impromptu decision to turn the "Mister Paramount Pageant," put on by seniors, into a strip show.

"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," he told ABC7. "It was for entertainment, to pump up the class for 2010."

Some students said they thought the strip show was harmless fun, while others said they felt uncomfortable.


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"It's inappropriate for school," student Lynette Tapia told the TV station.

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

The Paramount Unified School District issued a statement saying the strip show was "inappropriate:"

"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."

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