Stepping in front of the camera for a yearbook photo can take some preparation for students who want to look their very best. But some high school students in Utah were shocked when their photos didn’t come out exactly as they had planned. The school altered some of the photos to make students appear more modestly dressed.
A local FoxNews affiliate for Wasatch County, Utah reported about the photo editing that has a lot of students feeling they were treated unfairly. Many young women wearing tank tops were given short sleeves and plunging necklines were brought further up to the neck.
A big reason students are complaining about the cover up is because it seems whoever made the edits was not consistent with which students needed to show less skin. In the case of two girls wearing almost identical tank tops only one was given sleeves. Sophomore Rachel Russel explains, “I feel like they put names in a hat and pick and choose who. There were plenty of girls that were wearing thicker tank tops and half of them got edited and half of them didn’t.”
Many students complain that they are not happy with the way they look in the edits and they would have preferred if the school let them know first so they would have a chance to retake the photos in clothing the school deemed more appropriate.
Though the school sticks by its policy to ensure students wear clothing in line with the dress code, the Wasatch County Superintendent Terry Shoemaker admits there was a mistake made that not all students were treated to equal photo edits. Shoemaker says, “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.”
What do you think of this school’s attempt to make their students look more modestly dressed in the yearbook?
Do you think it is fair to students to edit the way they look in the yearbook?