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Superintendent apologizes for 'can't even count to 100' remark by Boyle school employee

Lexington Herald-Leader logo Lexington Herald-Leader 12/6/2019 By Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Lexington Herald-Leader

Boyle County Superintendent Mike LaFavers on Friday issued an apology after district employees made disparaging remarks about opponent Johnson Central High School at a pep rally in advance of Saturday’s Kentucky 4A High School football championship game.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to the Johnson County School system and its community,” LaFavers said in a statement. “The comments made yesterday at the pep rally do not represent the values of the Boyle County School district. I have reviewed the sensitivity of this matter with the employees involved, and they now understand that the comments they made were hurtful and were not a good representation of the district.”

Boyle County Schools Director of Communications Jacquie Peterson confirmed a WYMT-TV report of a Boyle school employee’s comments captured on video at the pep rally saying that “a lot of people at Johnson Central can’t even count to 100, so I vote for Boyle County’s defense to hold them under 100 yards rushing, and our offense to score 100 points. I’m picking Boyle County 100 to nothing.”

Peterson told the Herald-Leader that a second employee made similar comments. She did not identify the employees.

Peterson said she could not comment on any additional action that LaFavers might take because its a personnel matter.

She said that district officials were seeing a lot of response on social media about the employees comments about the Appalachian school.

“We felt like it was imperative to issue a statement (with) our apology,” Peterson said.

J.R. VanHoose, a former Mr. Basketball in Kentucky, and now an assistant boy’s basketball coach and teacher at Johnson Central was among those speaking out on social media. His tweet resulted in dozens of comments in support of Johnson Central.

“I’ve been insulted in my playing career and my coaching career too,” VanHoose said. “It’s just a shame that some people in this state continue to insult others because of where they live or how smart they think they are. I’m proud of where I live.”

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