Shocking photos showing high school students giving their principal a lap dance and cheerleaders in Hooters outfits have sparked outrage in the Kentucky city.
An investigation has been launched after photos of a Homecoming Week “man pageant” were posted on Hazard High School’s now-deleted Facebook page.
The photos included cheerleaders wearing Hooters waitress uniforms and what looked like alcohol.
and others show a male student giving a lap dance to the school’s principal, Donald ‘Happy’ Mobellini – the mayor of Hazard.
There were also reportedly “paddlings” between staff and students.
Susan Combs, the superintendent of Hazard Independent Schools, has launched an investigation and says there has been disciplinary action.
In a statement to Combs Wednesday, she said the district supports creativity in the spirit of school activities, adding that the events depicted in the photographs were taken “too far.”
Combs also said that disciplinary action has taken place and that all district staff will undergo social media and policy training before apologizing on behalf of the district.
Twitter users are expressing shock as photos continue to showcase Homecoming festivities.
One user wrote, “Um. Exactly what’s going on here, you all? Let’s get into danger. Bring it together”.
Another tweeted, “So… that’s what Hazard High School in Kentucky does to teenage boys… they dress them up like drag queens and grind them up.
“The same school has an absurdly strict dress code for girls, so much so that girls are sent home wearing leggings.”
Esther Sizemore, a member of the Hazard Independent School Board, said he was at the school on Tuesday but was not at the event where the suspicious activity took place.
“Generally, the principal, Happy Mobellini, is very dad-gum tough, so I wonder, unless someone pulls something off the hat,” said Sizemore, according to Louisville Courier Journal.
“A kid comes to school with short dresses, you know, he goes home and changes them”, he said,
In 2008, Mobellini was twice investigated for incidents of alcoholism allegedly involving students.
Lexington Herald-Leader Claimed That in one instance, photos surfaced online, purportedly of students being taken around them smoking and drinking.
Mobellini came under similar criticism that year after police caught students drinking on the school football field after they had let them go.
Mobellini did not get into trouble in any case because he was unaware of the drinking, it was reported.