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Disciplinary action has been taken at a school in the US after male students in 'lingerie' danced with staff.
The performance took place during an assembly at Hazard High School in Kentucky as part of 'homecoming festivities'.
Photographs shared on the school's athletics page - before subsequently being deleted - showed teens straddling teachers in dresses and underwear, while female students could be seen dressed as Hooters employees.
The assembly drew a mixed reaction from parents, with some feeling it went too far, and others claiming it had been blown out of proportion.
Superintendent Sondra Combs has apologised on behalf of the school, and said disciplinary action had been taken after an investigation was initiated yesterday (Wednesday 27 October).
In a statement, she said: "We strive to foster creativity in our students, but unfortunately, this time it was carried too far.
"Spirit Week at Hazard High School has a long and celebrated tradition. Homecoming activities were planned as a celebration for students, staff, and the school community. All were intended to be fun and good-natured however, the activities did not play out as intended.
"While Homecoming is an annual tradition, there has never been any issue raised prior to this year. Now that an issue has arisen, we are taking this opportunity to review policy and procedures to make certain that it does not happen again."
Laying out the action that will be taken, she continued: "1. Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken following the investigation. As it is a personnel matter, we are not allowed to disclose any further information regarding the specifics of the discipline.
"2. Moving forward a student activity committee will be developed to review all student-led activities, which should prevent any such skits from being performed in the future. While we value our student's creativity, we also must ensure that it is focused in an appropriate direction and will be more vigilant toward that goal in the future.
"3. Also, training will take place on policies and procedures with all district staff and SBDM's to ensure this doesn't happen again. Using this as a teachable moment, we will provide social media training for our students and staff. In today's society students must understand that anything posted online is permanent! It is there on public display for everyone to see and share around the globe. We would hate to see a single youthful indiscretion haunt one of our children for their entire life.
"We have a dress code that is to be followed at all times. It is apparent that it was not in this case, but we will assure you that it will be enforced in the future at all school activities, for both males and females. Costumes will be reviewed for appropriateness in addition to being required to meet the dress code. Any costume referencing drug or alcohol use will be strictly prohibited."
Combs went on to state that this was an isolated incident and not a fair reflection of the school environment.
She said: "At the end of the day, the light-hearted activity simply got out of hand, and for that, we apologize. In the future, we will strive to keep the light-hearted, fun nature of school activities without the inappropriate behaviour.
"We will continue to seek to involve our students and foster their creativity, but with more direction. They are young and we will be there to offer better guidance for their ideas in the future.
"We love our students and only want to provide them with the best education and foundation for a successful life. We only ask that not judge a district with a century long tradition of striving for excellence on a single incident where fun trumped judgment.
"Our district would like to apologize for the activity that has been portrayed in the media and we regret how this has unfolded. This is not the type of event that typically occurs here at Hazard High School, and we sincerely regret any embarrassment this has caused our school community. We love our Hazard High School students, staff, and community at large."
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