Utah high school edited female students' yearbook pictures to show less skin

Students accuse administrators of seeking to shame women.
By Matt Bradwell  |  May 29, 2014 at 2:35 PM
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WASATCH COUNTY, Utah, May 29 (UPI) -- A high school in Utah has caused controversy after it digitally edited female students' yearbook photos to look more modest. Girls at Wasatch High School were shocked to find necklines raised, tattoos erased and sleeves added, according to reports.

"My tattoo was a huge thing in my life," sophomore Shelby Baum told local reporters while trying not to cry. "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."

"I was shocked," said sophomore Kimberly Montoya, who found her sleeveless blouse had become the opposite when she received her yearbook.

Adding to frustrations are the seemingly arbitrary nature of what was and was not chosen to be edited, and that all of the clothes edited comply with the school's dress code.

"I feel like they put names in a hat" said Rachel Russell, also a sophomore. "There were plenty of girls [who] were wearing thicker tank tops, and half of them got edited and half of them didn't."

Although the edits were not made to comply with school dress code, Wasatch High School has a history strict enforcement in that regard, forcing violators to wear sweatpants that say: "I support Wasatch High dress code.

"People know you got dress-coded, that something about you was immodest," said Montoya.

"They look at you like, 'You done wrong.' If my parents felt OK and I felt OK about [my clothes], it should have been fine. I know there should be restrictions, but [the school] pushes it to the limit. ... Every time I walk into that school, I feel judged."

"I feel like they're trying to shame you of your body," Baum said.

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