Students extremely upset after school forced more modest clothes upon themBy Mason White 5:45 PM June 1, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) Students at a high school in Utah, are very angry after the school administration is forcing them to appear more modest in photos.
The female students want to know why their yearbook photos were photoshopped without their consent to appear modest.
The administrators said the that students were aware of the dress code, and a warning was sent to the students that the photos may be edited. Some students are upset because they said it seems that the decisions to modify the photos were inconsistent.
Many girls wore the same type of dress, but some were photoshopped and some were not. The School Superintendent admitted that they erred by not applying the same rules to all students.
The Wasatch County School District released the following statement. We learned that a few Wasatch High School students are upset because their photos had been edited before being placed in the 2014 yearbook.
Last fall when yearbook photos were taken, a large sign (4 feet by 5 feet) was placed where students could see it before having their photo taken. The sign told students that school dress standards would be enforced.
Tank tops, low cut tops, inappropriate slogans on shirts, etc. would not be allowed. If a student violated this policy, the sign told them explicitly that the photos may be edited to correct the violation. The sign was plainly visible to all students who were having their photos taken.
When the yearbook comes out in the spring, students are always excited to see their pictures and are concerned with how they look in the yearbook, so it is understandable that students in violation of the dress code could forget that they received warnings about inappropriate dress.
However, there is no question that all students were advised that photos may be edited if the student’s dress did not follow the dress code.
However, in the application of these graphic corrections, the high school yearbook staff did make some errors, and were not consistent in how they were applied to student photos. The school apologizes for that inconsistency.
Wasatch High School and Wasatch County School District are evaluating the practice of photo editing of pictures as it now stands and will make a determination on further use of the practice.