Ontario student's flash photo exposes yearbook prank

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LONDON, Ont. -- A former London Catholic high school student's flash photo shocked students and staff when they cracked open their shiny new yearbooks.

In a photo of the news team at Mother Teresa secondary school, the group that produces the morning announcements, one student decided to flash more than his pearly whites for the camera -- choosing, instead, to unzip his pants and show off his genitals.

Not aware the yearbook contained any nudity, staff handed out copies at the school of about 1,300 students last Friday.

Now, with the offending photo brought to the administration's attention, the school has abruptly stopped giving out the books, with 360 copies left.

"The picture in the yearbook is a very small one and easily overlooked. But the school and the administration are very sorry that it happened," said John Boles, a spokesperson for the London District Catholic school board.

An apology letter will be sent home to parents Tuesday.

School brass are brainstorming what to do with the remaining yearbooks, and how to handle students who might want to return their books because of the image.

Every student pays for a yearbook at the start of the school year.

The school is also trying to figure out an appropriate punishment for the student, who graduated last June.

"The school will be looking at taking appropriate action for anybody involved in the incident," Boles said.

While students are responsible for putting together the annual yearbook, they work closely with a staff advisor.

For some students, the prank was just a humorous joke.

But for others, it undermines a year of hard work, especially for graduates who often view their final yearbook as a souvenir of their high school experience.

"It's disturbing, really. The final yearbook has memories from your entire high school, your good friends and stuff. Then you see that picture. I really don't want to be seeing that," said a 2012 graduate who didn't want to be named.

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