PITTSBURGH – Now this is an interesting take on sex education.
A student at Carnegie Mellon University was arrested for parading around half nude and handing out condoms, all while dressed as the leader of the Catholic Church.
Charges were brought against a female collegiate by campus police for “indecent exposure” after a Catholic bishop complained after seeing her parading around as the pope, though nude from the waist down.
A male student who was nude also was charged, but it wasn't immediately clear what he was doing during the Pittsburgh school's spring fine arts parade last month.
CMU President Jared Cohon said Friday that the misdemeanor charges were filed in Allegheny County against the two students and the school would not take any additional disciplinary action. He said the school endorses artistic expression but public nudity is illegal.
"There are competing values at issue here: Carnegie Mellon aims to be a place where ideas can be expressed and debated openly, but also where people of all backgrounds, faiths, and beliefs feel welcomed and supported," Cohon said.
Bishop David Zubik of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese complained after the April 18 parade, in which the female student — with her pubic hair shaved in the shape of a cross — threw condoms to onlookers. Cohon apologized last week for the display.
The university did not identify the two students. Court records show students Katherine B. O'Connor, 19, of Pittsburgh, and Robb S. Godshaw, 22, of Wilmette, Ill., were charged by campus police with indecent exposure. No attorney was listed for either.
Neither O'Connor nor Godshaw responded to requests for comment from The Associated Press. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Godshaw emailed the newspaper: "On the advice of counsel, neither myself nor fellow nude artist are giving comments at this time."
Based on reporting by the Associated Press.