School Photoshops Clothes On Female Students’ Photos

Sameera Ehteram
Usually Photoshop scandals remove clothes from women. A school in Utah has a different idea, and students are upset.

There's something strange about some yearbook photos at Wasatch High School in Utah.  

Girls there are demanding to know why their yearbook photos were altered to show less skin without their permission or knowledge. What’s  troubling is that not every female student’s photo has been altered; they seemed to be picked at random.

“I feel like they put names in a hat and pick and choose who,” said Rachel Russel, a student. “There were plenty of girls that were wearing thicker tank tops and half of them got edited and half of them didn’t.”

Another student, Kimberly Montoya, lamented her shirt "was a cream color, and the color of the cover-up was completely white. It looked like white-out on my skin."

The Heber City school administrators say students had prior knowledge of the dress code and that there was also a sign warning them that their pictures may be edited. However, the superintendent admitted to 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, superintendent of schools for the Wasatch County School District.

The school district dress code’s ban on "extreme clothing" includes "revealing shorts, skirts, dresses, tank shirts, halter or crop tops, spaghetti straps, etc."

The question is why are the students then allowed to break the code that has already been set in the first place? It is unfair to let them do what they want then try to alter or hide it.

Wasatch High School may have their rules and reasons for what they have been doing but one hopes they realize they are not going about it the right way.