Parents have expressed their outrage after a photo of a girl flashing her naked crotch underneath her graduation gown appeared in a high school yearbook. The girl, who has not been identified by Lake Norman High School in North Carolina, can be seen lifting her gown in the middle of a group of girls.
The racy picture, which parents branded ‘porn’, was only spotted after the book was published and families had forked out $100 for a copy.
One parent who noticed the photo of the girl – who was 18 at the time – told WSOC-TV she was outraged by the photo and called it pornography.
‘When it was brought to my attention from my child, I was appalled,’ the unidentified mother said.
One parent said students were texting each other soon as the yearbook came out. ‘People were texting each other to turn to page 14,’ she said.
‘Someone should really look at everything they put in the yearbooks so that it can never happen again.’
The photo was printed despite the yearbook being overseen by a faculty member, who is said to be shocked by the image and its discovery.
The district’s public information officer, Dawn Creason, told the news channel that the photo was probably an accident.
She suggested the bare genitals may just be an illusion created by the girl pushing her thighs together.
‘We think it was the way she was sitting and the angle of her gown,’ she said. ‘We’re not convinced that you’re seeing what you think you are.’
The school district said it is in contact with the girl and her family.
It also sent a letter home to parents about the photograph and said books could be returned for a refund – although only one has been.
The school district has said it is prepared to take action if it found any wrongdoing.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said it was going to let the district investigate the incident before stepping in.
The department did not discuss what criminal charges, if any, the girl could face if she is found in violation.