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Hangin’ Out at St. Peter’s

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Today’s Metro contains something of a cock-up. On page 10 of the Toronto edition—distributed in print city-wide and available online, too—there’s a large Canadian Press photo of several ecstatic young people, credited to one Clifford Skarstedt. (That’s the upper half of it, above.) What’s remarkable about this photo? The caption takes us halfway there: “St. Peter’s students…make a splash from their hot tub during the annual Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade in Peterborough, Ont., on Saturday. The parade attracted 87 floats and a variety of marching bands.” Oh, and the male student is…uh, he appears to have his penis out.
Full photo in context after the fold, with apologies to the respective parties’ parents.


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Names blurred, obviously.


Hat tip to readers Ben Hendry & Sean Avery for the tip.

UPDATE, DECEMBER 9, 2009: According to the Catholic school board which represents St. Peter’s, the photo depicts a current seventeen-year-old student of the school. While the image as it appeared in Metro does not constitute “child pornography“—those depicted are not “engaged in explicit sexual activity” nor was the image’s “dominant characteristic…the depiction, for a sexual purpose, of a sexual organ”—we’ve nonetheless pixellated the point of contention in the photo above.

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