Lexington Catholic responds to new claim of racial bullying

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – There’s a new claim that an African-American student has left Lexington Catholic High School due to racial bullying. Attorney Amos Jones, who represents the student, says his client was assaulted several times, with the most recent incident occurring on Monday, April 11, 2016.

Lexington Catholic High School says nothing was reported to the school about the most recent alleged incident. The school also says the letter it received from Amos Jones contained no specifics.

All of this comes as the school and Lexington Police investigate accusations that another African-American student was sent threatening text messages from a white student, including one threatening to “lynch” him. The two students reportedly involved were on the Lexington Catholic football team together. Amos Jones represents that student as well.

In that case, police charged a 17-year old student with terroristic threatening. The student was suspended by Lexington Catholic High School pending the outcome of the investigation.

Below is the statement released Wednesday afternoon by Lexington Catholic High School President, Dr. Steve Angelucci:

No assault allegedly occurring on Monday, April 11, 2016, at Lexington Catholic was reported to school officials. In fact, the school officials did not learn of this alleged assault until Mr. Jones sent a letter to the school’s attorney midday on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

The letter provided no specifics of the situation and further instructed that no one was to contact the student involved or anyone in family. Under the law, we must and will honor that directive.

We are saddened that without additional information, we cannot adequately investigate Monday’s alleged incident and determine what steps we could have taken to address what happened.
While we will make every attempt to determine what happened, it is important to understand that without specifics of who was involved, we are limited in how we can respond to this situation.

We want to reiterate in the strongest way possible that we will investigate the incidents, complaints and concerns that students or their parents bring to our
attention and take appropriate action.

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