Wasatch High administrators apologize for altering yearbook photos

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HEBER, Utah — Some of the Wasatch High School students whose yearbook photos were altered to show less skin said they have received an apology from school administrators.

The students were also offered a refund for their returned yearbooks.

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When asked for a comment Tuesday, Wasatch County School District Superintendent Terry Shoemaker referred FOX 13 News to a statement the school district issued on May 29:

Yesterday, we learned that a few Wasatch High School students are upset because their photos had been edited before being placed in the 2014 yearbook.

Last fall when yearbook photos were taken, a large sign (4 feet by 5 feet) was placed where students could see it before having their photo taken.  The sign told students that school dress standards would be enforced.  Tank tops, low cut tops, inappropriate slogans on shirts, etc. would not be allowed. If a student violated this policy, the sign told them explicitly that the photos may be edited to correct the violation.  The sign was plainly visible to all students who were having their photos taken.

When the yearbook comes out in the spring, students are always excited to see their pictures and are concerned with how they look in the yearbook, so it is understandable that students in violation of the dress code could forget that they received warnings about inappropriate dress.  However, there is no question that all students were advised that photos may be edited if the student’s dress did not follow the dress code.

However, in the application of these graphic corrections, the high school yearbook staff did make some errors and were not consistent in how they were applied to student photos and the school apologizes for that inconsistency.

Wasatch High School and Wasatch County School District are evaluating the practice of photo editing of pictures as it now stands and will  make a determination on further use of the practice.


    • Bob

      While the school apologized for inconsistencies they reminded everyone of the 4 feet by 5 feet sign stating the dress code. There are those among us like John Principe that can’t accept any bounds or limitations a dress code enforces but that is being naive. Try violating your company’s dress code and see how long you keep your job.

      • Cartman

        Indeed, the school’s dress code is almost identical to the one at Beverly Hills High School (I checked), and most public high schools in the U.S.

        The presence of the sign is claimed by the school, but so far no one has come forward to back them up.

        However, the school as apologized. End of discussion. In future the way to handle it is for the kids to bring a signed copy of the dress code when they show up for photos. Any photos that don’t meet the standard after THAT should simply be discarded. The school does not owe the kids a “fix”. If they don’t follow the rules, after having acknowledged the rules, then their photos should not be used at all.

        Teach them how life REALLY works. That’s a lot more useful in the long run than a yearbook.

  • Cartman

    Conservatives: “The girls with exposed shoulders are S L U T S!!!!!”

    Liberal: “Mormons are the TALIBAN!!!!!”

    Breathless, silly hyperbole on both sides. We’re talking about a couple of inches of cloth here. It’s a trivial issue either way, sleeves or no sleeves. The school’s dress code should (and does) reflect community standards. The “community” is defined as the taxpaying parents whose kids attend THAT particular school. No one else has any right to dictate what their standards should be, any more than THEY have a right to dictate what YOUR standards should be.

    Simple rule: Mind your own business.

  • Hannah

    I get the fact that there is a dress code but when it isn’t applied to both sexes this isn’t a fair rile. And what should be questioned is why these rules are in place shouldn’t the girls be able to decide whats modest? Why is it against the rules in the first place?

    Seen a lot of stories about it ‘distracting’ boys…. teach boys not to be distracted, in the real world as many people put it, people will be walking out with (shock horror) bare shoulders. So why shouldn’t they be taught to look at more than that in a woman, she is an person not just a cleavage.

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