L.A. Unified disciplines principal over racy photos

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The public school superintendent in Los Angeles says he has disciplined leaders at a San Fernando Valley high school for allowing a racy photo shoot with student football players. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

The photos were taken on Birmingham High’s athletic field. They accompany a magazine article about comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie. The images depict Cohen wearing an athletic supporter over skimpy briefs, shoulder pads and not much else. Student football players in full uniform surround him. A few of the images are sexually suggestive.

Parents consented to the photo shoot, the school district said, but photographers and publicists didn’t specify the nature of the photos. LA Unified officials say the shoot violated rules about the use of sports uniforms and the school name.

In a statement, Superintendent Ramon Cortines said he’s taken “appropriate personnel action” against Birmingham High’s principal and athletic director. He wouldn’t elaborate because he said it’s a confidential personnel matter. He added that he’d let no one “take advantage” of students.