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Student in trouble for posting 'cadaver selfie'

By By David Wood
Published On: Feb 05 2014 06:51:58 AM AKST
Cadaver selfie

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -

It's a story that may leave you with only one response: #WOW.

A Clements High School senior could be facing some stiff penalties after posting an Instagram "selfie" of herself with a donated cadaver while on a school field trip.

As part of the biology curriculum at Clements, senior anatomy students Monday took a trip to the UAB biology department to learn about the university's anatomical donor program.

The student turned the camera on herself to post a photo to Instagram, but she also captured a cadaver in the process.

WHNT has learned sheets were not supposed to be removed from donated bodies and that under no circumstance were students or any other visitors supposed to have cell phones or recording devices on hand during the tour.

A fellow classmate took a screen grab of the distasteful post, which has now been removed from the student's private Instagram account, and showed it to her older sister who then contacted school officials.

She also sent a tip about the incident to WHNT.

"We were notified via email this morning from a parent that this incident had occurred," said Karen Tucker, Limestone County School Board director of public relations and technology.

Tucker said school officials were in the process of gathering all relevant information.

An investigator with the Limestone County Sheriff's Office was questioning students at Clements High on Tuesday.

"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 said. "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 confirm whether the student has yet been suspended.

Dennis Kearns with the UAB Biology Department told WHNT he was not at liberty to discuss the matter over the phone.