NEWARK, N.J. – The yearbooks were finally printed and ready to be picked up by students at Newark's East Side High School — but not before some officials snapped open their correcting pens to edit out a picture of two males kissing.
This was not art class, but staff afraid of parental backlash used markers to color over the picture, censoring it from every copy of the 2007 yearbook before distributing it, MyFoxNY.com reports.
Described as "illicit" and provocative by Newark's superintendent of schools, Marion Bolden, the photograph depicts a kiss between 18-year-old Andre Jackson and David Escobales.
Officials blacked out the picture after Russell Garris, the district's assistant superintendent who oversees the city's high schools, said he feared parents would be concerned.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.