‘They identity with animals’: Kentucky school students dress and act like cats

A Kentucky school in Meade County is facing an unusual situation after a group of high schoolers attending school are acting like and dressing as cats.

The superintendent told reporters that the situation is being addressed, but according to a concerned grandparent, it’s an ongoing problem that has many students on edge.

“Apparently, from what I understand, they’re called ‘furries,'” an old woman told reporters.

“They identify with animals. These people will hiss at you or scratch at you if they don’t like something you’re doing.”

She said it’s not a new problem.

“I was hearing rumblings of this last year, but it really got bad when they went back to school this year. I have two grandkids in school and my grandkids didn’t want to go to school anymore,” she said.

She said the issue gained attention on social media once people started sharing photos and videos of the feline costumes and behavior, “I started getting videos and messages from kids, and I said, ‘Ok, I’m going to post this so parents know what’s going on.'”

The grandmother said a petition to end the practice was created by students and has more than 1,000 signatures.

“The students are told they can’t wear hats or Budweiser shirts in school, but they can wear cat ears, cat tails, masks, leashes. It doesn’t make sense,” she added.

But according to Superintendent Mark Martin, a petition isn’t needed. He said the costumes violate the school dress code.

“A small number of Meade County High School students have violated the dress code policy during the early part of the school year. These situations have been addressed consistently by administration and the dress code policy will continue to be implemented with fidelity. Meade County Schools will not discuss individual student discipline due to privacy laws,” Mr Martin said.