Family attorney, school speaks out on LexCath incident

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A former Lexington Catholic student is now free to transfer to another school, after death threats including lynching, came from another student.

An attorney for Denisha Vinegar says she’s the mother of a 14-year-old African-American student athlete at LexCath. The attorney, Amos Jones says he was contacted Thursday by Vinegar after word spread through social media of the threats.

Amos Jones also indicates he’ll be seeking federal assistance in the case.

Friday afternoon, LexCath president Steve Angelucci released a new statement. In it, the school details how it plans to handle this situation including suspending the 17-year-old student accused of third degree terroristic threatening and harrassing communications. Angelucci also says the school will undergo diversity and sensitivity training from EKU professor Dr. Roger Cleveland.

In a direct quote from a press release, Angelucci says, “what actually occurred and how this situation has been handled differs in some important ways from how it was described.”

Amos Jones describes what happened plainly. He says, “the upper classman proceeded to ask — this upper classman is white and the younger 14-year-old is black — ‘do you know what a lynching is’, said the white to the black and the black said, ‘no’, and he said, ‘well it’s when you can get killed when you’re black and strung up and I’ll do it with a chain and I might do it to you’.”

Jones also goes on to describe other threats and insults given by the 17-year-old including, “black people stink” and comments on the 14-year-old not knowing his father due to his race.

LexCath Statement 2

 

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