Public schools are suffering another blow to their credibility as new videos surface of skits at a Kentucky school.
The videos being posted on social media show partially clad students giving lap dances as teachers laugh and sometimes participate, and were taken over the past four years, The Louisville Courier Journal reports.
The videos were shared with the newspaper on Oct. 28, Hazard Independent Schools having announced the previous day that it had launched an investigation into this year’s homecoming celebration and a “Man Pageant” at which students gave lap dances in their underwear and dressed like Hooters waitresses. Images of the revelry were posted on the school’s Facebook page.
The investigation led to “appropriate disciplinary action,” Superintendent Sondra Combs stated, though there was no indication of who had been disciplined. Combs said students arranged the “homecoming festivities,” and characterized the event as an isolated incident.
The newly emerged videos obtained by the Courier Journal show similar skits have been put on previously, however, with one from October 2017 showing a male student in a bra, shorts and wig grinding on other male students in the middle of the gym, while a fourth student appears to throw money into the air. The setting is the same as the photos shared earlier, and the video was posted by a former Hazard High School student.
Another clip shows a male student in a white dress and wig dancing to Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” in the school gym, repeatedly rolling around on the floor.
During the skit, the student physically touches school Principal Donald “Happy” Mobelini, who later claps his hands to the beat of the music.
Combs described this year’s celebration as the first of its kind. “We strive to foster creativity in our students, but unfortunately, this time it was carried too far,” she said in an emailed statement on Oct. 27.
Even though the new videos are from as far back as 2017.