Deeming their tops too skimpy, Utah high school administrators took it upon themselves to Photoshop girls’ yearbook pictures to look more conservative.
The girls were upset when they opened their Wasatch High School yearbooks and saw that the tank tops they had chosen for their yearbook photos had been turned into tee shirts. Furthermore, the changes seemed to have been made randomly.
“I feel like they put names in a hat and pick and choose who,” sophomore Rachel Russel told KSTU. “There were plenty of girls that were wearing thicker tank tops and half of them got edited and half of them didn’t.”
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In one case, two students were wearing nearly identical tops, but only one had her picture edited.
“My shirt was a cream color, and the color of the cover-up was completely white. It looked like white-out on my skin,” sophomore Kimberly Montoya lamented.
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Another student, Shelby Baum, was upset that the “I am enough the way I am” tattoo across her collarbone was Photoshopped out of her photo.
"My tattoo was a huge thing in my life," Baum told the Salt Lake Tribune, explaining that the line references overcoming a difficult childhood. "I’ve come a long ways. My tattoo means a lot. It reminds me I am enough. For them to cover that up? They should inform me first. They never said anything to me."
According to administrators, the students had been warned beforehand that the pictures would be edited if the clothing did not stick to dress code. But they admitted that the editing had been inconsistent.
“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.
The district bans “extreme clothing,” listed as “revealing shorts, skirts, dresses, tank shirts, halter or crop tops, spaghetti straps, etc.”