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Students upset after school alters yearbook photos to show less skin

School Alters Female Yearbook Photos to Show Less Skin

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah - 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, Fox13 reports.

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, and one photo was altered to add sleeves, while 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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CherMoeLin May 29 2014 at 10:39 AM

Have the parents stop buying the yearbooks for a while or class pictures and see what happens. People need to make themselves heard through their pocketbooks. This "selective" editing is unacceptable. Dress codes are one thing. What this school administration did goes a bit beyond the pale.

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hkmcnew May 29 2014 at 10:43 AM

I can understand the students being upset about this, but I think they look better and more appropriate in the yearbook pictures. JMO.

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keithj77441 May 29 2014 at 10:55 AM

good for them, we need less hoocie mamas

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jessevaden May 29 2014 at 10:54 AM

The kids should be happy. The new photos actually look better

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Postalpal May 29 2014 at 10:55 AM

First, off school corporations have become so involved in silliness anymore this isn't something new. I didn't see one original photo that needed touched up or more "clothing" added. We see this kind of dress everyday in school why should a yearbook make it change?? Dress code is one thing. STUPDITY by school adminsitrators is another thing.

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Frogmommy May 29 2014 at 10:56 AM

The facility should have sent the kids home rather than a sign that says "photos could be edited". If there is a dress code that has to be abided by, rather than editing photos without their permission, send the kids home to change to what is dress code appropriate! If they miss their pictures, then the parents can then complain. I live in Utah and this story doesn't suprise me in the least. Shoulders and chest is not "skin" that needs covering up. This story makes Utah look even worse than we already do.

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racscifi May 29 2014 at 10:53 AM

once again.. living in the 15th century... get real.. you call that a lot of skin???? that is why utah belongs in the stoneage.. I guess the superintendant that made the decision has no kids... because sex is outlawed.

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petpetdon May 29 2014 at 10:52 AM

If you want to enforce the dress code you need to send a letter out a few weeks before the yearbook pictures are being taken. Instruct the kids what to wear.

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cmac May 29 2014 at 10:52 AM

Of course! It's Utah!

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Christine May 29 2014 at 4:26 PM

Yes, I can certainly see how looking at pictures of a high school student in a sleeveless top could lead all mankind into the occassion of sin. What are these people doing the editing? Flipping Taliban.

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