Student in trouble for taking selfie with cadaver during field trip

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (PIX11/WHNT) - An Alabama high school student is not LOL’ing Friday after the school found out about her Instagram selfie taken with a dead body while on a biology field trip.

The Clements High School senior was visiting a lab at the University of Alabama when she took the photo, which shows her smiling next to a cadaver from the school’s anatomical donor program.  The sheet was pulled back from the body, which, according to WHNT, was strictly against the rules — as was any use of a recording device, including cell phones.

The selfie, which was reportedly posted to a private Instagram account, found its way into the hands of administrators after a classmate took a screen grab and later showed it to her older sister, who called the school.

In a statement from the school district, Director of Public Relations and Technology Karen Tucker said:

“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 that the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office is involved in the case, and  officers questioned students earlier this week.

The University of Alabama released the following statement on the offending selfie:

“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.”

PIX11 reached out to Clements High School, but a representative from the principal’s office would not comment on the incident.

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2 comments

  • TonytIiger

    Yes this is very disrespectful. What was this little girl ( I was going to say young lady but….) thing she would gain from this rather poor judgment? Will U of A Birmingham trust the students from her high school? If they should I'm sure future students will be subject to unnecessary searches.
    However, after saying all this I will admit I was no angel in high school. I involved myself in "pranks" that may have been worse than this. But I always drew the line at disrespect of others or property. In todays society you have to be very careful. Once anything is caught digitally its there forever. What should her punishment be? Public embarrassment will go a long way. .

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