"Um. Exactly what is going on here, y'all?" a tweet by the co-founder of a local education advocacy group asked. What appeared to be going on in the photos posted by Nema Brewer was high school students in Kentucky giving lap dances to faculty and staff members. One of the recipients was Donald "Happy" Mobelini, the school principal and mayor of Hazard, USA Today reports. He didn't comment immediately, but the superintendent of the school district said that an investigation has begun and that "appropriate action will be taken."
The occasion was a "Man Pageant" and "Costume Day" held Tuesday as part of homecoming events. Photos on a school Facebook page, which have been removed, showed students and staff apparently paddling one another. Female students wore Hooters outfits, and male students were dressed in women's lingerie, per WKYT. There was criticism online, but Brewer said she thought there was much acceptance of the event, per the Lexington Herald-Leader. "Public education is under so much fire right now. This kind of stuff is not helpful," she said, adding, "It appears they are sexualizing young adults." (Read more high school stories.)