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St. X says students involved in 'disturbing video' recorded off campus have been disciplined

St. Xavier High School President Paul Colistra said the matter is now in the hands of LMPD.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — St. Xavier High School said students involved in a "disturbing video" recorded off campus have been disciplined after it was determined they were in clear violation of the school's handbook.

In a message Friday, St. X President Paul Colistra said the school delivered student penalties following an internal investigation and parent-student meetings. Colistra did not disclose what the penalties were, saying the "matter is now in the hand of the proper authorities and outside the school's jurisdiction."

"Like you, we are all troubled and saddened by what happened," Colistra said. "This is not part of our school culture, and our students can be assured of their safety on our campus."

Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said the department is investigating the video, which depicts an assault.  

St. X Vice President for Advancement Mike Littell said the school contacted LMPD as soon as they were made aware of the video, and they are fully cooperating with the police investigation. 

Littell confirmed counseling is available to students at school if they choose to seek it out. School will be in session until May 28. 

This video was filmed off-campus, however, the St. X parent/student handbook reads:

"A student whose behavior outside of the school jeopardizes the school's good name, at the discretion of the administration, is subject to disciplinary action that may include dismissal."

WHAS11 asked LMPD for more information on possible charges and was told police could not give any additional information.

Jeff Cooke, director of communications with the Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office, said that while every situation is different, there has to be some foundation to introduce the video into evidence. That could mean a victim coming forward, or a witness confirming details.

WHAS11 is working to get more information on the incident. Because the scenario involves assault and minors, some information will be not reported in an effort to protect the victim and minimize harm.

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