Portales school yearbook under fire after publishing topless photos of students

Updated: 09/04/2014 5:30 PM | Created: 09/04/2014 5:01 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

PORTALES -- A New Mexico high school is enforcing stricter yearbook oversight after two students were published topless in the yearbook.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 went to Portales High School Thursday, where parents want to know how the photo made it to print.

"I couldn't believe it; I don't understand how it got past teachers," said Teresa Acosta.  "I wouldn't like my children to see something like that."

Acosta is talking about a full-page picture in the Portales yearbook that shows two students topless.

The seniors were voted "Most Likely To Go Skinny Dipping."

Underneath the picture is a caption that reads: "When you have confidence you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things."

"I think the yearbook should be taken off, and that page should be taken off," said Acosta.

Parents, like Acosta, are in shock.

"What's in your typical yearbook? Most likely to succeed, most likely to, you know…other stuff," said Acosta. "But most likely to skinny dip? I think that's crazy."

The category is one thing, but getting it into the yearbook is another. "That should have never even made it to print," said Acosta.

"The administration has met, and the biggest step that we're going to take going forward with this whole deal is to add another layer of review to the yearbook publication," said Assistant Principal Garrick Matthews.

Matthews says the yearbook teacher approved the page. He says administration didn't find out about it until the yearbook was already out.

"There was no other review of it outside of the yearbook class," said Matthews.

He says school administrators will now be approving yearbooks.

But some parents say it's too late.

"There should have been adult supervision on it," said Acosta.

The yearbook is from last year's school year, but Portales High School students didn't get it until last week.

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