YEARBOOK PHOTOS: Students Upset Over Altered Pictures

Wasatch County, UT (KSTU) — 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.

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.”

c3And 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: one photo was altered to add sleeves and 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.

18 comments

  • John

    Who ever made the edit should be fired. It seems that a single persons value set was applied to a group. Who gave that person or person that right. Whta if other found the photos proper. Was the same guidlines followed with males of the school. What if the reviewers did not like people with black hair and lightened each photo to make the appearance of all hair being brown. This is rediculousd to says the least.

  • Bri

    If there was a dress code that all the students knew they shouldn’t have accepted the pictures that didn’t adhere to the code in the first place. They should have told them to re-take the photo or made them aware that the photo would be edited to follow the dress code. Common sense.

  • William Denison

    No big surprise here. After all this took place in Utah by a bunch of cult members. FYI These are the same folks who Scary Terry Branstad sought out for advise on Med cannabis. What a joke.

  • exmontezumian

    I have no problem with it. What I have a problem with is parents allowing their daughters to be half dressed when they leave home. Signed old funny duddy

    • Jess

      I have to say, I agree with you on that one! Seeing the way some of the young girls dress for school, I’m glad I have boys!

    • Kyra

      I agree with you, but it is not the place of whomever did it to alter these photos. If they don’t want girls dressing in this way, they need to have a dress code.

      • Jess

        It sounds like there is a dress code, but, it is enforced randomly judging from the article. there is definitely a problem there.

        I personally would like to see schools have uniforms. My kids went to a school with uniforms for awhile. It’s actually cheaper, 5 shirts, 5 pairs of pants and school shopping is done. The school even held a ‘swap night’ where parents brought the clothes their kids had outgrown and we traded or purchased larger items from other parents.

  • exmontezumian

    I have no problem with it. What I have a problem with is parents allowing their daughters to be half dressed when they leave home. Signed old funny duddy.

  • Jess

    Ok, I get the school dress code. It looks like the quality of the picture was really worsened with the editing though. I think they should have told those students (and staff apparently) to either have their photos retaken in appropriate clothing, or, not put them in the book.

  • William Denison

    Who are you crazy people? The Clothing Police? I have my pants down around my ankles….you know what to kiss…

  • William Denison

    In the bottom photo they even removed the girls tattoo of her family members name. Whats that got to do with any made up clothing code?

  • TERI SUE ANDREWS

    Guess that’s what happens to those who live in Utah, as soon as you’re 18 you can leave or work to change things. I agree the school acted improperly with both of the photos shown. Can you get refunds on the Yearbooks? That would hit them where it needs to………………….

  • I am so high right now :)

    I’m a fat old guy but I still dress up to date. I have a pair a sweat pants with the word “juicy” on the backside.

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