In Hazard, Kentucky, during a school assembly, at a “man pageant,” the mayor, who is also the principal of Hazard High School, received a lap dance from a male in skimpy women’s clothing, while other staff members received lap dances from male students.
On Wednesday, Hazard Independent Superintendent Sondra Combs told the Lexington Herald-Leader, “The incident is under investigation, and as you know, anything under investigation I really can’t talk about.”
The activities at Hazard High School’s homecoming were showcased as photos circulated on social media.
The photos appear to show scantily clad male teenagers — some appearing to be dressed in drag — giving lap dances to staff members, one of whom was Donald “Happy” Mobelini, the principal of the high school, as well as Hazard’s mayor.
Combs said, “Once the investigation is complete, appropriate action will be taken.”
Several parents have expressed anger about the “inappropriate actions” that appear to have taken place at the high school assembly, WKYT reports.
Parents indicate the photos showing teenage boys dressed in women lingerie, dancing on and near school employees trouble them the most.
According to the school’s Facebook account, “costume day” and “man pageant” were scheduled for Tuesday at Hazard High School.
Several students dressed as Hooters employees while carrying mugs with what looked like beer.
Other students were paddled as part of the event.
According to the report, some involved students believed the situation had been blown out of proportion.
Nema Brewer, the co-founder of the public education group KY 120 United, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that “this kind of stuff is not helpful,” especially given that so many eyes are on the world of academia right now in the United States.
“Public education is under so much fire right now,” Brewer said. “This kind of stuff is not helpful. In fact, it’s disgusting. It appears they are sexualizing young adults.”
Brewer also took to Twitter to share her dismay.
“Um. Exactly what is going on here, y’all?” she wrote, sharing photos from the assembly. “C’mon Hazard. Get it together.”