School yearbook features arrested coach’s mug shot

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WISH) — An Indianapolis high school yearbook has raised some concerns in the community for publishing the mug shot and information about a coach who was arrested this year for child seduction involving a student.

North Central High School’s 2014-2015 yearbook features the mug shot of Matthew Carrington, who was arrested in February. IMPD was told inappropriate text messages were sent to a 16-year-old from Carrington’s cell phone.

The yearbook’s decision to run the mug shot and information about the case has caused mixed reactions.

North Central High School Principal Evans Branigan released the following statement on Thursday:

North Central and Washington Township have a long history of supporting student publications by not practicing “prior review” by school or district administration. In support of our student journalists, North Central Administration supports its student journalists, which includes the Yearbook Staff. Our student editors spent considerable time carefully researching news events which are reflected in the yearbook.

When adults in our building are accused of and/or convicted of a criminal activity, it is covered (as has been part of our editorial policy for more than 20 years). This policy can be found here.

We certainly understand that some will be unhappy with the decision to include or exclude certain images and events; however, North Central Administration supports its student editors.

Carrington had been employed as a coach at NCHS since December of 2012.

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