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Yukon, Oklahoma, students ignite yearbook controversy with tweets

The yearbook included an unflattering photo of a female student.
by Matt Patterson Published: May 14, 2014
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An unflattering photo in the Yukon High School yearbook has created controversy as the school year ends.

The school district distributed yearbooks to high school students Friday. Over the weekend, several male students tweeted an image of a photo in the yearbook that showed a female student in an unflattering light.

“She was on a Ferris wheel and she had on short shorts with her legs pressed together,” Yukon Public Schools spokeswoman Sarah Julian said. “The picture was just of her legs but the boys thought they saw something else and decided to tweet out a picture.”

Julian said administrators don’t think there was any malicious intent by the yearbook staff in including the photo in the 2013-14 yearbook. The girl’s parents did contact the school to ask if anything could be done, she said.

“They were obviously mortified,” Julian said.

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by Matt Patterson
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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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There has been some misinformation out there that we are requiring students to tear the page out, but that is not true. We’re asking them to do it on their own for the sake of the girl involved. Some have been willing to do that while others have said they will not tear the page out. It’s their choice.”

Sarah Julian,
Yukon Public Schools spokeswoman

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