The 2011 yearbook of Lake Norman School in Mooresville, North Carolina, allegedly shows an 18-year-old female student lifting up her graduation gown waist high and exposing her genitals.
According to The Huffington Post, school officials in North Carolina are investigating the allegation that the photo showing students of the 2011 graduating class posing in their graduation gowns actually includes one of the students, a female, raising her gown to show what many think are her crotch area and genitals.
According to WSOCTV.com, the photo shows nine students smiling and laughing. The girl stands in the front row with her gown hiked up to the waist (see photo above).
Mirror reports that the photo allegedly showing the girl's naked crotch was branded "porn," by outraged parents and relatives of pupils. Mirror reports that the alleged exposure was only spotted after the school's yearbook had been published and families had paid $100 for a copy.
WSOCTV.com reports that a parent who wished to remain unnamed, said, "When it was brought to my attention from my child that was the first thing. I was appalled! I was like, 'oh my God, this is exactly what it is. It was going all over the school. In every block, I think people were texting each other turn to page 14."
The name of the girl who allegedly flashed her genitals has not been released, but according to Z6mag.com, with uncensored copies of the photo being released on the Internet, the girl, whoever she is, is bound for fame very soon.
According to WSOCTV.com, the district contacted the girl and her family on Wednesday but details of the discussion were not revealed. Gawker reports that the school authorities have texted the families of graduating students to "warn them" about the photo and offer refunds. But only one book had been returned as at Thursday.
WSOCTV.com reports that the school district issued a statement affirming that it would take action if any wrong doing was found. The statement said: "I can assure the parents of Iredell-Statesville Schools that I take all complaints very seriously. Our administration began investigating as soon as they were made aware of this complaint. Since the investigation is not complete at this point, I hesitate to rush to judgment, but let me be clear, there is accountability in I-SS and if action is required it will be taken."
But questions have been raised whether the supposed "genital photo" is really what it looks like. WSOCTV.com reports that an official of the Iredell-Statesville School District, Dawn Creason, said that the image is an illusion created by the girl pushing her thighs together. He said: “Really looking at that image, we’re not sure that’s what it is at all. We think it was the way she was sitting and the angle of her gown. We’re not convinced at all that you’re seeing what you think you are.”
According to The Huffington Post, this is not the first time that a yearbook photo has caused controversy. Last year, the image of a wrestler exposing his genitals appeared on Washington's Central Kitsap High School yearbook.
Digital Journal also reports the case of Sydney Spies, 18-year-old senior, who made headlines after her school's yearbook advisers at the Durango High School rejected her picture because her clothes were too revealing.
Mirror reports that the Iredell County Sheriff's office has not said what criminal charges, if any, the girl would face if it is found that the photo really shows her genitals. According to WSOCTV.com, school officials say it has been confirmed that the girl was 18 at the time of the graduation. That rules out child pornography charges in the case.