UPDATE: LPD says harassment at LCHS has “racial bias undertones”

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A press release from the Lexington Police Department suggests that the harassment of an African-American student by a football teammate does “appear to have racial bias undertones.”

The release says that the investigation into threatening communications between the two students is ongoing.  Of note, the police department says they have spoken with leadership from the local chapter of the NAACP, as well as the students involved.

According to the press release, officers are investigating charges of harassing communications and terroristic threatening.

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3:32 p.m.

The President of Lexington Catholic High School has issued a statement regarding an ongoing investigation into a harassment investigation at the school.

The statement reads as follows:

“Last night an article appeared in social media about a hate crime occurring between two Lexington Catholic students. We met with all of our students today to discuss the dangers of offensive language and social media. We continue to thoroughly investigate the entire situation. The incident in no way reflects the culture or environment which Lexington Catholic High School promotes. We ask for your prayers for all the parties involved and for the entire Lexington Catholic school community.”

Lexington Police say they are investigating the situation, but are not releasing information at this time.  They say they are reviewing requests to release documents involved with the case, but their decision may take up to three days.

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1:35 p.m.

The Diocese of Lexington has released a statement regarding an investigation of harassment and terroristic threatening at Lexington Catholic High School.

This after the mother of a student at the school filed a criminal complaint, saying the student was being harassed and subjected to racist threats.

The statement reads as follows:

“The Roman Catholic Church considers racism a sin and a violation of human dignity,” said Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington. “The Diocese of Lexington will not tolerate racism in any of its institutions or ministries and will work to root out remnants of racist attitudes and thinking wherever it is encountered.”

The Diocese is pursuing additional information, as the administration of Lexington Catholic High School addresses the situation.

We will continue to update this story with additional details as they become available.

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12:31 p.m.

Police in Lexington are investigating a criminal complaint filed by the mother of a Lexington Catholic High School student.

According to an article from the Key News Journal, an African-American student was harassed by a football teammate.

Lexington police are investigating the incident as a case of terroristic threatening and harassing communication, but are stopping short of calling it a “hate crime,” saying that only the court system can determine if the harassment is bias motivated.

Staff at Lexington Catholic say they are in meetings discussing the incident.  We expect to have more details from both the school and Lexington police, and will release them as soon as they become available.

Information from the Key News Journal

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