PHOTOS appearing to show high school students giving their principal a lap dance and cheerleaders in Hooters outfits has sparked outrage in a Kentucky town.
An investigation has been launched by Eastern Kentucky school district after the images of a homecoming week "man pageant" were posted on Hazard High School's Facebook page.
The school has since deleted it's Facebook page and removed the photos.
The photos appear to include cheerleaders dressed in Hooters waitress uniforms and carrying what appeared to look like alcohol, as well that purports to show a male student giving school principal Donald 'Happy' Mobelini – also the mayor of Hazard – a lap dance. There were allegedly also 'paddlings' given out, DailyMail News UK reports.
Superintendent of Schools Susan Combs has launched an investigation.
'The incident is under investigation and as you know any thing under investigation I really can't talk about,' Combs told the Louisville Courier Journal. 'Once the investigation is complete, appropriate action will be taken.'
The school Facebook page promoted the event as part of homecoming week.
Twitter users are expressing shock as the photos continue to circulate showcasing the homecoming festivities.
One user wrote "Um. Exactly what is going on here, y’all? C’mon Hazard. Get it together".
Another tweeted "So… This is what Hazard High School in Kentucky does with teenage boys… They dress them up like drag queens and have them grind on them.. This same school has a absurdly strict dress code on the girls, so much that girls get sent home for wearing leggings".
Chad Hedrick, WKYT, released a statement on Twitter from Combs Wednesday that detailed the incident.
Combs stated that while the district supports creativity in the spirit of school activities, the incidents depicted in the photos were taken "too far".
Combs also said that disciplinary actions have taken place and that all district staff will undergo social media and policy training before apologizing on behalf of the district.
Aster Sizemore, a member of Hazard Independent School Board, said he was at the school Tuesday but not at the event where the questionable activity occurred.
'Normally, the principal, Happy Mobelini, is pretty dad-gum strict, so that surprises me, unless someone pulled something out of a hat,' Sizemore said, the Louisville Courier Journal reported. 'A kid comes to school with a short dress, you know, he makes them go home and change.'
In 2008, Mobelini was reportedly investigated twice for alcohol incidents involving students.
The Lexington Herald-Leader claimed that in one instance, photos surfaced online of him driving students around as they smoked and drank alcohol.
Mobelini came under similar criticism in 2008 after police caught students drinking on the school football field moments after he left them.
Mobelini did not get into trouble in either case because he was unaware of the drinking, it was reported.
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