High School Principal Under Investigation

Photos posted on a well known web site lead to the investigation of an eastern Kentucky high school principal.

Attorney General Jack Conway’s office along with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is looking into Hazard High School Principal Donald "Happy" Mobelini.

The investigation comes after photos of him surfaced on the website facebook.

The pictures show him taking his daughter and four of her friends to a rock concert in Cincinnati.

The girl's, ages 16 to 17, are seen drinking and smoking in Mobelini's presence.

He told us he had no idea what the girl's were doing behind his back.

The four girls told us they hid the alcohol from Mobelini.

The principal told us at Hazard's Football Game that he is fully cooperating with the investigation.

Hazard Superintendent Sandra Johnson did not return our calls for comment, but she told the Herald Leader no action will be taken against Mobelini because the incident did not happen on school property and was not a school function.

Mobelini is also a Hazard City Commissioner.

He was criticized earlier this year after police caught students drinking on the school's football field not long after he left them.


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  • by time for change 2 Location: somewhere on Sep 12, 2008 at 09:26 PM
    What is a Principal.1: a person who is in a leading position: the chief executive officer of an educational institution; a leading performer. Now who is to stay if Happy is right or wrong on how he chooses to raise his teenage daughter. The fact is, he is not capable of being a leader. There has been 1 other incident were teenagers and alcohol are under his watch. Why should there be an investigation. What is it in the meaning of a principal would you have to think about. Does Happy still qualify for the position. No it didn't happen on school grounds but one incident did. Are you kidd'n me!!! Maybe the superintendent needs to be investigated along with Happy. Hazard High has been degraded and our kids, the ones who did nothing, are the ones who have to suffer for his actions. Come on Hazard school board, don't let this be a hard decision when there have been better principals at this school you've fired for smaller reasons than this. Lets see were your "HAZARD PRIDE IS".
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Sep 8, 2008 at 08:28 PM
    I think the world of Happy for taking my sister from HHS to the doctor as quick as he did the day she was put in the hospital last year, but there is something I don't get about this situation. First of all, how are you going to look in the rear view mirror and not see what is going on....2nd, how are you not going to smell the beer??? He needs to come up with an excuse better than " I didn't know " if he wants to keep his job.
  • by Anonymous Location: Hazard on Sep 8, 2008 at 06:36 AM
    Happy is an enabler. If it wasn't evident by the situation earlier this year with the seniors on the football field at the school then it is now because anybody could have figured out that there was alcohol in that vehicle. What did they do with their beer cans and alcohol bottles after they were finished with them to keep Happy from seeing them and where did they get the alcohol? The State needs to step in because no one in Hazard is going to do anything about this.
  • by Paul Jared Woods Location: Louisville-Hazard, Ky on Sep 7, 2008 at 10:29 PM
    Along with the situation earlier this year, these accusations against Mobelini are unfair and morally wrong. He has brought Hazard Schools from 180th in state scoring to the top ten in the state over private schools such as Model. Parents are forgetting about their children and are basically "gossiping" about one man who has influenced many students into becoming better people than they were before. It is a shame it has come to this and I am fortunate enough to say I am a graduate of Hazard High, Class of 2007, under Happy Mobelini. Signed, Jared Woods -'07 (cell-606-233-5803) Betsy Williams-'06 Josh Combs-'08 (cell-606-438-8694) Kenneth Adams-'08 Presley Campbell-'08
  • by Simpson Location: Frankfort on Sep 7, 2008 at 08:21 PM
    It is plain and simple, OEA, google it for Kentucky, make your complaints as many of you already have. We are coming once again for the same violation. Yes, this is an ethics violation, very much punishable.
  • by sickofit Location: hazard on Sep 7, 2008 at 07:01 PM
    If this was me, they would have arrested me, taken my kids and put them in foster care, and lord knows what else. I guess it truly is Who You Are, Who You Know, and how many idiots you have behind you that count. Please people, give me a break here.
  • by Disgusted Location: Hazard on Sep 7, 2008 at 06:54 PM
    There are too many discrepancies in this story. It is obviously NOT 5:00 a.m. when these pics were taken. It's broad DAYLIGHT. And how could Happy talk on a cell phone if the music was "blasting?" Does he have no sense of smell? The odor of cigarettes and beer CANNOT be "hidden," especially in a vehicle with the windows closed (as they obviously are). And as for vodka having no odor...I beg to differ with you. I was married to an alcoholic for 15 years...vodka was his poison of choice because he thought I couldn't smell it. Well I could smell it and it smells horrid. And isn't there a seat belt law in the state of Kentucky? This man should be charged with several crimes, one of the being contributing to the delinquency of minors. Oh...but it didn't happen on school property! So...if Happy decides to go out and murder someone, it will be okay as long as it isn't on school property...right? Give me a break! He must know a lot of dirt on some powerful people to get away with what he does.
  • by Anonymous Location: Hazard on Sep 7, 2008 at 06:05 PM
    Don't tell me he didn't know. Really we all know the truth here. What parent doesn't recognize that fact that his or her daughter and or son is drinking? Plus it looks like to me that the girls were also smoking. Again not old enough for that either. Of course teenagers do these things. I'm sure we all have one time or another but he is a principal and it just doesn't look good. When you are in a position like that you have to be even more careful about the decisions you make. There are a lot of parents and children that see him as being role model to our children. He needs to be a bit more careful.
  • by fedupinhazard Location: hazard on Sep 7, 2008 at 04:43 PM
    This is a regular occurance, and I am sad to say that people wonder why we are under such a seige of drugs and alcohol. Just look at the parents and people in authority. When our kids are going to school and this is status quo and there are no repercussions, then you have chaos. Where were the parents of the other kids and where is a Mother, that allows her teenage daughter to be with a man who allows such things. He is a good old boy who wants to be cool. Well, cool gets our kids killed. Please stop him. And make it quick. I don't want him responsible for my kids and grandkids.
  • by pippi on Sep 7, 2008 at 03:43 PM
    How many of you guys on here slipped and drunk behind your parents at this age...I mean come on people their teenagers and teenagers do these types of things.

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