High School Edits Girls’ Yearbook Photos to Cover Up Their Cleavage
A school in Florida has taken the extraordinary step of photoshopping over 80 girls’ yearbook photos in order to cover up their breasts and shoulders.
The digital alterations happened without the students’ knowledge or consent. In fact the girls had no idea the school edited in a dodgy looking bar to cover up their cleavage until they purchased their yearbooks last week.
This is a before and after yearbook photo taken of Bartram Trail 9th grade high school student, Riley O’Keefe.
She says it was deemed inappropriate by the school and photoshopped in the printed edition.
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In a statement to the local paper, a spokesperson for the school district said officials made the editorial decision to bring the students in line with the school’s dress code. It should also be noted that photos of boys in their speedos were left untouched.
“Bartram Trail High School’s previous procedure was to not include student pictures in the yearbook that they deemed in violation of the student code of conduct, so the digital alterations were a solution to make sure all students were included in the yearbook,” the spokesperson, Christina Langston, said.
One of the students interviewed by News4Jax said she was left confused by her picture. “There’s a black box over my chest and the cardigan on the side like moved over and it looks really awkward and I was very confused,” she said.
Bartram Trail High School said they would provide refunds to anyone unhappy with the choice and accept “feedback from parents/guardians/students on making this process better for next year.”
Students from Bertram who were interviewed said this latest photoshop fail is just another way the school is trying to crackdown on dress codes. Just this year, 31 girls have been reprimanded with school uniform violations.
Many of the students who got the citations were asked to unzip jackets on suspicion that they were wearing something revealing underneath.
“The thing is, if its zipped up, it should be fine,” one of the students told the news outlet in March. “It’s like our bodies are sexualized and it’s more important than our education.”
On the school’s website for the high school yearbook, there’s a disclaimer that says student’s images may be altered to fit in with dress codes. ”All images in ads and all individual student pictures must be consistent with the school’s student code of conduct or may be digitally adjusted.”
One parent says she’s disgusted with the school’s move stating,”I think it sends the message that our girls should be ashamed of their growing bodies, and I think that’s a horrible message to send out to these young girls that are going through these changes.”
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