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Yearbook uproar: Utah high school students believe photos were selectively altered

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WASATCH COUNTY, Utah (KSTU) — Female students at a Utah high school want to know why their yearbook photos were altered to show less skin without them knowing about it.

The students who were surprised to find their photos altered attend Wasatch High School, and some of them said they also feel upset because it appears the decisions whether to alter the photos or not weren’t made consistently.

“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.”

And that’s what bothered the girls the most. It seemed like the school randomly picked which pictures to edit. 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 know the dress code and there was a sign warning them that their pictures may be edited. However, the Wasatch County Superintendent admits 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,” said Terry E. Shoemaker, who is the superintendent of schools for the Wasatch County School District.

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18 comments

  • Emily W.

    That is Utah for you! Church rules out there. If they didn’t like how the students looked that day they should have denied the student from getting his/her picture taken at all. Then the student would have a choice of either conforming to their “rules” or just not have a picture made at all.

    • Chris Truby

      How is this enforcing a rule? if they were enforcing it they would have sent the girls home, but thats not what happened, they edited a picture, not really the same thing there. And I fail to see where any of the dresses these girls wore were inappropriate.

  • Dennis

    There is NO job that they would have been turned down for due to how they are dressed except for a job where a suit may be required and then no one was wearing a suit… This is a standard overreach by a school. it is pathetic and their excuse is weak. If it was out of dress code why was the pictures allowed in the first place? why did they not get detention before the pictures? Why were all girls not audited? oh they deemed some trashy and some wholesome the wholesome ones were left alone and the ones they felt were trashy girls got edited. it is bullsh1t and discrimination. I would sue to teach them a lesson. Shoulders showing isnt the sigh of a “whore” got it Joseph Smith JR?

  • Debbie Woodside Reel

    I have worked with teens for years, sorry to tell those you think this is so wrong, but teen girls will ALWAYS push the limit….! I am Pretty Sure those girls knew the rules that day. They thought they would get away with something. Parents and teachers have got to stand their ground or get walked ALL Over! I am sitting here laughing at this! Who wasn’t a teen once here….and pushing limits if you could? LOL

    • Chris Truby

      Ill ask you the same thing, if what they were wearing was inappropriate then why were they allowed to stay at school? I fail to see how most of these girls were “pushing the limits” with what they were wearing. This is someone deciding they didnt like what the girls were wearing and had the imaged altered, if they were breaking a dress code set by the school then the school should have sent them home.

  • pngxp

    shouldnt people be more concerned with the sophomore who looked like she has “im sexy” tattooed on her chest….

    and who cares if they photoshopped sleeves onto your high school yearbook picture? if that is the worst thing to happen to you in 16 years of living you have things pretty easy.

    and love it when the tolerant libs come out to call everyone that completely support their exact beliefs, or lack of usually. so tolerant indeed.