A New Mexico high school is drawing criticism for including a “Most Likely to Skinny Dip” category in its yearbook.
Raising even more eyebrows than the title of the category is the photo that accompanies it: beneath the title of the superlative is an image of two students—one male and one female—peeking from behind trees in poses that suggest both students are naked.
The only people to see the photograph before the yearbook was published was the yearbook staff of 20 students, and one adult supervisor.
Garrick Matthews, Portales High School’s assistant principal, maintains that the students on yearbook staff “were trying to be cute, trying to be humorous to a certain extent, but it didn’t go over well with a certain faction who saw the yearbook.”
“The intent behind it was never to paint the students in a negative light or to paint the school in a negative light,” Matthews said.
Matthews noted that the students got the skinny dipping idea online.
The photo has elicited a variety of reactions from the school’s students.
“It was kind of tasteless,” said Portales High School senior Emilee Haman.
Others, however, didn’t seem concerned.
“It was kind of funny, but it doesn’t offend me,” said student Matthew Sanchez.
“If you don’t like it, you shouldn’t look at it,” said Christian Gonzales.