Student did not try to make 'lasting impression vagina first,' TV station says in retraction

WSOC-TV | The Huffington Post

WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., has published one of the most eye-searing retractions to cross my screen in some time: A series of reports that a student photographed in a yearbook had exposed her genitalia to the camera was based not on the photograph, but on "MERELY THE UNSUPPORTED OPINION OF ONE OF THE PARENTS OF A STUDENT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL." (Most of the retraction is, for some reason, in all-caps.)



There are a few other things WSOC needs to clear up:

SOME OF THESE ARTICLES CONTAINED STATEMENTS TO THE EFFECT THAT THE YOUNG LADY STOOD AND LIFTED HER GOWN WAIST HIGH AND INTENTIONALLY EXPOSED HER BARE GENITALS AND PRIVATE PARTS IN ORDER TO MAKE A LASTING IMPRESSION AND LEGACY AT HER ALMA MATER; THAT THE YOUNG LADY THOUGHT ABOUT MAKING THIS LASTING IMPRESSION VAGINA FIRST; THAT THE YEAR BOOK CONTAINED PORNOGRAPHY; AND THAT THERE MIGHT BE SOME CONSIDERATION BY THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL CHARGES OR POSSIBLE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES.

The original articles have been removed, the retraction says. The station's original report, which quotes a school parent but shows only her shoes, is preserved on The Huffington Post.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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