Wasatch High School in Utah has now admitted to censoring student yearbook pictures. The school used photoshop to create clothing on the students for the purpose of covering up shoulders and the lower front of the neck area.
Obviously the decision, unannounced and unknown until the yearbook was released, is not sitting well with parents.
Some have now complained, and said they also feel upset because the decisions whether to alter the photos or not were not made consistently.
‘I feel like they put names in a hat and pick and choose who,’ Sophomore Rachel Russel Told WGHP News.
‘There were plenty of girls (who) were wearing thicker tank tops and half of them got edited and half of them didn’t.’
Russel’s original picture showed her wearing a sleeveless top. But the version seen in the yearbook has black sleeves added on.
The school is digging in and defending the decision.
Wasatch County School District Superintendent Terry E. Shoemaker later defended the general decision to edit images for modesty.
He claimed students know the dress code and there was a sign warning them that their pictures may be altered.
However, Shoemaker admits the school school have taken a more consistent approach.
‘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,’ Shoemaker said.
The school district dress code’s ban on ‘extreme clothing’ lists ‘revealing shorts, skirts, dresses, tank shirts, halter or crop tops, spaghetti straps, etc.’