I’m always talking about how school needs to be more fun, and finally I found the place: Hazard High School knows how to party! Coming home this year, they hosted a fro event in the gym, including what appear to be girls in Hooters t-shirts wearing glasses of (I guess, but hey, maybe not!) Of fake beer. But what really brought the house down was when some male college students dressed in pantyhose and bikinis and pretended to do lap dances for teachers and administrators.. The crowd included principal Don “Happy” Mobelini, who looked delighted at the antics.
The photos were posted on the Hazard High School Athletics page earlier this week and then quickly removed after unrest was noticed and created an odor. The Courier Journal described him as a “Man Pageant” during Homecoming. This is all under investigation by Independent Superintendent Hazard.
I first saw the photos posted by Nema Brewer, co-founder of 120 United, a teacher advocacy group. She seemed to think it was breaking the rules for teacher / student interactions.
“I will not be advocating for public education and turning a blind eye to the things that are NOT going through the ranks,” Brewer tweeted Wednesday. “I’m TASTED by the good old boy system. The double standard. To hate. Me. I do not care. Want to blame the teachers for all of this? Start with their administrators first.
Schools are very confusing places these days, and I’m just not sure what is safe and what is not these days. Books on the civil rights movement, not sure. History lessons on racism, no. The masks deform our young people! Vaccines could kill them! But pretending to dance with your teacher, is that okay? At least it had to be for the many teachers, administrators, and other adults who were in the gym that day.
In Floyd County, they banned books to keep children safe because reading the story of a little girl who desegregated New Orleans schools was too scary, parents said.
In Virginia, some parents want to ban “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, because it gave a high school student nightmares. In Texas, a state lawmaker running for attorney general has launched an investigation into books like “The Confessions of Nat Turner,” William Styron’s opus on an uprising against slavery, because nothing says above post that a good book prohibiting.
Parents seem to spend a lot of time these days screaming at school board meetings. Are Hazard High School parents aware? Will they care as much as the parents of Floyd County about how Ruby Bridges might twist young minds?
Happy Mobelini has already been the subject of an investigation for students who have consumed alcohol on school grounds, according to our records. But hey, he’s busy, because he’s also the mayor of Hazard.
Maybe security is just a state of mind. Girls are regularly sent home for wearing short shorts. Teachers have been reprimanded for supporting Black Lives Matter. But at Hazard, all is well. Do you think the mayor / principal had a slight pang in his heart when the student started to twist in front of him? Hey, is it okay if it looks like everyone is having fun? To be clear, no. No it is not.
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