Danville High School investigating incident between teacher, student

Screenshot provided by Ashten Graves
Posted at 10:48 PM, Aug 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 03:58:11-04

BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — It's only three days into the school year at Danville High School and already the district is dealing with a controversy.

A video circulating on social media appears to show a teacher taking a Hispanic student's hat while making a comment some feel is racially insensitive.

Ashten Graves is the big sister of a DHS student, and she says she often stumbles upon videos from her sister’s friends.

But she says one video taken by a DHS student and uploaded on snapchat was extra startling.

In the video you can see a teacher take the student's hat while saying "in America we don't have a hat on inside the door”.

“There’s better ways to say things like that. She had a point take your hat off, we aren't allowed to wear hats in school, just say that. Why does it have to be “here in America” we are not allowed to wear hats in school,” said Graves.

Within hours of Graves uploading the video to Facebook, Danville High School released a statement saying: “An incident happened at DHS Friday afternoon. The district is aware and a full investigation is underway. Our school district stands for respect and inclusion and will always deal with this type of situations quickly. We will always strive to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for all our students.”

Many people started weighing in on the issue on the schools Facebook statement, some demanding a thorough investigation and consequences be given.

“He’s a child and I am going to stand behind any child whose in a situation like, mine or not related to them or not he’s a kid and that was far. really far too far,” said Graves.

LEX 18 tried calling a number listed on the Facebook statement for the superintendent, but it was an office number and their office is closed on the weekends.