WASATCH COUNTY, Utah – Girls at a Utah high school want to know why their yearbook photos were altered, without their knowledge, to show less skin.
The Wasatch High School students said they were upset because it appeared the decisions whether or not to alter the photos were not consistent.
“I feel like they put names in a hat and pick and choose who,” sophomore Rachel Russel said. “There were plenty of girls that were wearing thicker tank tops and half of them got edited and half of them didn’t.”
In one case, two different girls were wearing nearly identical tops: one photo was altered to add sleeves and the other was not.
But educators said the students knew the dress code and there was a sign warning that their pictures may be edited. However, the Wasatch County Superintendent admitted the school erred in not applying the same rules to each student.
“We only apologize in the sense that we want to be more consistent with what we’re trying to do in that sense we can help kids better prepare for their future by knowing how to dress appropriately for things,” superintendent Terry E. Shoemaker said.
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