At a time when U.S. public schools are under fire for hiding sex assaults, purveying pornographic materials through their libraries and teaching students to hate their country, a Kentucky high school principal and two other male staffers got a “slap on the wrist” after they were recorded getting “lap dances” from male students during a homecoming event.
Hazard High School principal Donald “Happy” Mobelini, who is also the mayor of the town, as well as staff members Larry Thacker and Joshua Hurt got the reprimands the day after the homecoming event on Oct. 27. They came from Hazard Independent Superintendent Sondra Combs, and said the men had exhibited “poor professional judgment” and must undergo mandatory training sessions, according to a Dailymail.com report.
Photos and video of the homecoming “man pageant” were a sensation on social media, and showed male students giving lap dances to the three staffers. Female students pretended to serve beer while shirts from Hooters restaurant, known for its sexualized and scantily-clad servers.
It was not the first time that Mobelini has gotten into trouble with the school district. He was involved in a 2019 lawsuit with the Perry Circuit Court after a student claimed she had been assaulted by a male classmate during a school trip. In the lawsuit she claimed she had been advised not to report the assault to protect the male student.
In 2008 Mobelini was reprimanded after students were found to have been drinking on school property. He was allegedly seen in photos driving students around as they smoked and consumed alcohol. He denied being involved in these incidents and claimed he was unaware of the students’ drinking.