Evansville TV station thinks Drag Queen Story Hour cost the police a lot. It didn’t

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Drag artist Florintine Dawn reads to the kids during the Drag Queen Story Hour.

Drag artist Florintine Dawn reads to the kids during the Drag Queen Story Hour on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Tri-State Alliance)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Evansville television station posted a story about the potential costs for the recent Drag Queen Story Hour, thinking it could be up to $48,000. It actually wasn’t even close to that.

WEHT-TV compared what happened in Greenville, South Carolina’s Drag Queen Story Hour, the cost was $48,000. When contacted, Evansville Police Department Sgt. Jason Cullum. Public Information Officer, said they paid $5,493 in overtime for police at the event.

The story on WEHT’s website hadn’t been updated as of 3:45 p.m. Central Time with accurate numbers. However, there has been a reaction to the story since the station went to city council members about the cost.

One council member posted on her Facebook page about the assumed cost.

Cullum couldn’t release how many police were at the event.

Despite concerns over the cost, most people are saying the event went very well. The Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library doesn’t currently plan another one, but they will be listening to feed back.

Local LGBTQ organization Tri-State Alliance is asking residents to give Councilwoman Michelle Mercer on the original Facebook post.

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