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An investigation is underway after shocking photos surfaced showing male students in lingerie at Hazard High School in Kentucky giving teachers and the principal lap dances during a “Man Pageant” homecoming event.
The pictures were posted on Hazard High School’s Facebook page. They have been taken down after drawing national attention following a Twitter user posting them online.
The principal Donald “Happy” Mobelini, who is also the mayor of Hazard, Kentucky. received one of the lap dances from a male student. Also photographed were cheerleaders wearing Hooters waitress uniforms carrying what appeared to be alcohol. Evidently, there were also “paddlings” administered.
Following the spectacle, Superintendent of Schools Susan Combs has launched an investigation.
INSANE: Mayor of Hazard, KY who is also the principal of Hazard High School, held an assembly with a male pageant. The students came dressed in lingerie and gave lap dances to the staff. pic.twitter.com/ZxODWQWOsx
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) October 27, 2021
“The incident is under investigation and as you know anything under investigation I really can’t talk about,” Combs informed the Louisville Courier-Journal during an interview. “Once the investigation is complete, appropriate action will be taken.”
Later, she said in a statement that the district had handed down a punishment or punishments but is “not allowed to disclose any further information regarding the specifics of the discipline” because it is a “personnel matter.”
Combs stated that a “student activity committee” would be formed “to review all student-led activities” and that all staff would receive further training on policies and procedures.
The event was promoted as part of the school’s homecoming week festivities.
Other events include the traditional Powderpuff football game, Spirit Day, Costume Day, and Twin Day. But it was the flamboyant “Man Pageant” that caught everyone’s attention this year.
“Um. Exactly what is going on here, y’all? C’mon Hazard,” Nema Brewer, who is the co-founder of the education advocacy group KY 120 United, tweeted Tuesday night. “Get it together.”
Um. Exactly what is going on here, y’all? C’mon Hazard. Get it together. 🤦🏼♀️ pic.twitter.com/GZQCdYnpbF
— “That” Nema (@nema) October 27, 2021
Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman Toni Konz Tatman stated that they are “aware of what took place in Hazard Independent Schools” and have “been in contact with the superintendent, who has informed us that the incident is under investigation.”
A member of Hazard Independent School Board named Aster Sizemore said that he was present at the school on Tuesday but not at the “Man Pageant.”
“Normally, the principal, Happy Mobelini, is pretty dad-gum strict, so that surprises me unless someone pulled something out of a hat,” Sizemore noted according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. “A kid comes to school with a short dress, you know, he makes them go home and change.”
The board chairman Ralph Butch Asher was aware of the incident as well. No one wanted to comment on whether the “Man Pageant” was an annual event or not.
Mobelini was reportedly investigated twice in 2008 for alcohol incidents involving students. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that photos surfaced online of the principal and mayor driving students around as they smoked and drank alcohol.
He was also criticized in 2008 after police caught students drinking on the school football field just moments after he allegedly left them. Mobelini claimed he was unaware of the drinking in both cases.
Some thought the upset concerning the “Man Pageant” event was overblown, many others were disgusted by the whole display:
This is at a high school in Hazard Kentucky
Apparently this is the “Man Pageant” for Hazard’s Homecoming. Stripping and lap dances was a very poor choice for the ages of those involved.
I can't believe this crap 😯 pic.twitter.com/c4hBaICOr5
— Bee Matne (@BeeMatney) October 27, 2021
Teenage boys giving lap dances? nothing to see here. they are letting them in girls bathroom’s now. So why the fuss? 😳🤭
— Tim Blandford (@tablandford) October 27, 2021
— Tracey (@Tracey27797742) October 27, 2021
The parents in the background cheering it on 🤦🏼♀️ https://t.co/22SbOnrnQ0
— CanadianGrandma (@frugalsues) October 28, 2021
— gravity_defied (@gravity_defied) October 27, 2021
WTH is going on in this country?
— We The People (@RHd1995) October 27, 2021
Nasty, Filthy, Dirty, Debaucherous,
Liberal Progressive Democrats.
Making Games Of the Utter Destruction Of Childhood.
— Яudis (@RudisTheGreat) October 27, 2021
Lol … if it was done as parody, and it obviously was, just have fun!
Where has our sense of funny gone?
— D.WillyFree (@DWillyfree) October 27, 2021
NOT NORMAL. I don’t give a shit about diversity and inclusion when it comes to allowing this despicable behavior in our schools. These boys are sick and misled. The adults involved are criminal. They’re pedophiles. Anyone who supports this is a perv pedophile. End this sh*t now!
— DJT (@DawgBone90) October 27, 2021
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