Students disciplined over beer photo in yearbook

ILLINOIS — Students responsible for sneaking a photo intothe yearbook at an Illinois high school have been punished for theiractions.

Yearbook staffers had already handed out copies of the Treviayearbook at New Trier High School in Northfield, Ill., when administratorsstumbled upon a photo of two girls hugging, one with a can of Pabst Blue Ribbonbeer in her hand.

The students who slipped the picture in after the yearbook adviser hadalready approved the pages did so intentionally, said Laura Blair, theschool’s spokeswoman. She added the students responsible for the stuntwere punished, but would not elaborate because it is a student disciplinarymatter.

The female holding the beer in the photo was not involved in the incident,Blair said.

After the yearbook’s adviser approved the pages, they were placed inan on-line server, Blair said. But the adviser did not “lock” thepages, leaving the potential for them to be changed.

The school has ordered stickers to cover the unauthorized photo inremaining yearbooks and in some that have already been distributed. Changes havealso been made to the procedures for sending the book to press.

Blair said New Trier is hopeful an incident like this will not happenagain.

“When the pages are signed off, they should be [in the server] andnot be changed,” she said. “The issue was that it was not locked andthe students were able to access the pages.”