Earlier this year, Matthew Carrington, 36, an assistant swim coach for North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, was charged with child seduction as a care worker and accused of fondling a 16-year-old earlier this year.
Students were reminded of the scandal when they received their yearbooks on May 20, which featured Carrington’s mugshot alongside photos of students playing with Legos. The mugshot appeared in the “Off-Campus” section of the yearbook.
Senior Will Andrews said many people we surprised by the photo. “The way they just put it at the top was kind of distasteful. Especially, they use his mug shot… It’s something when people have a yearbook, they want to look back at with good memories and not think about the swim coach that seduced one of our students,” he said.
Andrews told Fox 59 he believes neither the administration nor the teacher that supervises the students that create the yearbook edits the final edition.
North Central High School Principal Evans Bryant Branigan defended the decision to include the mugshot. “North Central and Washington Township have a long history of supporting student publications by not practicing ‘prior review’ by school or district administration. In support of our student journalists, North Central Administration supports its student journalists, which includes the Yearbook Staff,” he said in a statement.
“Our student editors spent considerable time carefully researching news events which are reflected in the yearbook. When adults in our building are accused of and/or convicted of a criminal activity, it is covered (as has been part of our editorial policy for more than 20 years)," the statement continued. “We certainly understand that some will be unhappy with the decision to include or exclude certain images and events; however, North Central Administration supports its student editors.”
There currently aren’t any plans to edit or recall the yearbook.
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