PORTALES, N.M. – A category in a high school yearbook is raising some eyebrows but it is the photo that goes along with the category that is really stirring up controversy in one New Mexico town.
Tasteless and tacky are just two of the opinions on campus about a photo published in the Portales High School yearbook.
Students picked up the 2014 issue last week and were surprised when they looked in the area where student awards were given out.
The category “Most Likely to Skinny Dip” shows two seniors, who appear to be naked behind a tree.
“They were trying to be humorous to a certain extent and it didn’t go over well with a certain fraction who saw the yearbook,” said Garrick Matthews, Portales assistant principal.
School administrators say they’ve received numerous complaints about the photo.
Officials say the yearbook staff of about 20 students got the skinny dipping idea off the Internet and then picked the winners.
The staff and a teacher were the only ones who saw it before it was published.
“The intent behind it was never to paint the students in a negative light or to paint the school in a negative light,” said Matthews.
According to some students, it did.
“It was inappropriate to be put in a yearbook, to be remembered forever,” said Emilee Haman, a senior at Portales.
“I just feel like I wouldn’t want my parents to see that,” said Isabl Abraca, a senior at Portales.
Others didn’t think much of the photo.
“It was kind of funny, but it doesn’t offend me,” said Matthew Sanchez, a senior at Portales.
“If you don’t like it, you shouldn’t look at it,” said Christian Gonzales.
From now on, the district says another set of eyes will be viewing the yearbook before it’s published.
“I can’t change it, but I can tell people we’re gonna try that those sort of things don’t happen in the future,” said Matthews.
School officials say the two students in the photos did have clothes on when the pictures were taken.
They would not say whether anyone will be punished.