Daily US Times: A Florida high school is facing criticism for altering the school yearbook photos of 80 female students to add clothing to their chests and shoulders.
The school district said in a statement to local media that the changes were made to ensure the photos met the dress code, which says girls’ shirts must be “modest”.
But critics pointed to yearbook photos of male students left unaltered despite violating the same standards.
Students say the digital alterations were made without permission.
A female teacher of Bartram Trail High School’s yearbook co-ordinator made the decision to edit the photos after determining they had violated the dress code, the St Johns County school district said.
A disclaimer on Bartram Trail’s website warns students that their photos in the yearbook may be digitally edited to be consistent with the dress code.
But some students have called the edited distressing and accused the school of sexism.
Bartram Trail student Riley O’Keefe, 15, told CBS affiliate WJAX News: “The double standard in the yearbook is more so that they looked at our body and thought just a little bit of skin showing was sexual,”
“But then they looked at the boys, for the swim team photos and other sports photos and thought that was fine, and that’s really upsetting and uncomfortable,” the student added.
In a statement to WJAX, the district said that Bartram Trail High School’s previous policy was to remove all photos that violated the dress code, and this year’s edits were to make sure all students were included.