Name: Middle schooler suspended for issue of Sports Illustrated

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America

SubjectExplicit Sexuality


Artist: Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

Confronting Bodies: Belpre Middle School officials

Date of Action: February 2004

Specific Location: Belpre, Ohio

Description of Artwork: Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue features women in bathing suits in various poses and locations around the world.

Description of Incident: A sixth-grade student, Justin Reyes, had the magazine in his school gymnasium before classes started. The Principal, Kathy Garrison, reprimanded Reyes for "non-verbal harassment and possession of lewd or suggestive material." Superintendent, Tim Swarr, suggested that the swimsuit issue "doesn't belong in public schools."

Results of Incident: Reyes was ordered to spend two days at an alternative school where students from other local districts are sent when they are punished. Justin's mother, Nicole Reyes, opted for a three-day at home suspension, suggesting that the two-day alternative school sentence was too harsh.

Source: Media Coalition

Submitted By: NCAC

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