An Alabama high school senior faces suspension after she posted a selfie on Instagram with a dead body while on a field trip to a university medical center.
According to WHNT News 19, a senior at Clements High School in Limestone County, Ala., took a photo of herself using her cellphone, smiling next to a cadaver as she and her classmates learned about the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s anatomical donation program. Sheets are not supposed to be removed from donated cadavers and use of cellphones was not allowed during the tour.
Before the student had a chance to delete the post from her Instagram account, a classmate took a screenshot of it and contacted school officials.
“We were notified via email this morning from a parent that this incident had occurred,” Karen Tucker, director of public relations and technology for Limestone County schools, told WHNT.
“We are speaking to the University of Alabama Birmingham, they are understandably upset with this incident and we want to preserve our relationship with the university,” Tucker added. “Therefore we are speaking to them and wanting to know how we can mend this process and keep our relationship with them, and we are in the process of deciding on the discipline that will occur.”
Clements High School principal Keith Hairrell would not disclose whether or not the student was suspended.
The university released a statement to WAFF about the incident:
"Tours of our facilities to introduce students – primarily high school seniors – to the teaching and research we do, play an important role in educating future scientists and doctors. Our policies require discretion and respect in our human anatomy facilities. No phones are allowed, no photos are to be taken, and faces of cadavers are covered. A student was made explicitly aware of these policies and breached them. This kind of disrespect is unacceptable and very disappointing. We will review our processes to ensure this does not happen again."