Students upset after yearbook photos altered to show less skin

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Wasatch County, UT (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.


  • Dawn Dolly

    How much did this cost the school? This has to be the biggest waste of time, effort, and money I’ve ever seen. None of these girls had anything near inappropriate on. And secondly- if the pictures were taken in school, why was the dress code not enforced prior to the pictures being taken? Why was it an after-thought in editing the photos? That’s inconsistent in its own right as well.

  • Mark Baker

    oh trust me, altering a photo and publishing it without proper permissions will certainly be more costly then a photoshop program.

  • The Governor

    Seriously, what’s the big deal? So what their skin was covered. These are high school photos, not a night club photo op. These girls shouldn’t be showing any part of their chest, even if it’s the safe parts.

  • Hayley

    We still live in a world where ‘girls shouldn’t be showing any part of their chest’? There is absolutely nothing scandalous about any of the before pictures and YOU should be ashamed if you’re the one finding something scandalous. I suspect that if a male student had the top few buttons of his shirt unbuttoned, there would be no question of outrage if photoshop were used to cover his chest.

  • magbill

    “These girls shouldn’t be showing any part of their chest, even if it’s the safe parts.”

    Creepy comment. What are you, the Taliban?

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