Florida high school slammed after editing girls’ yearbook photos to cover chest and shoulders

ST. JOHNS, Fla. (NewsNation Now) – Parents and students criticize a Florida high school for digitally altering photos in a yearbook to cover nearly 100 female students whose clothes were deemed too shameless by school officials.

“I laughed a bit at first and was confused,” said Riley O’Keefe, a freshman at Bartram Trail High School. “When I saw how many girls this happened, I was really angry and it really shocked me that they walked through and looked at pictures of girls like that.”

The before and after photos show clear and almost whimsical digital edits used to cover things like exposed shoulders and necklines for some students. But what really arouses the outcry is that none of these students or their parents have been consulted about the changes.

The school yearbook coordinator, who is a teacher, decided the photos did not comply with the dress code and did some of the editing, Christina Langston, a spokesperson for the school district, told a local newspaper.

Some parents and students have already complained that the district’s dress code is sexist, noting that more than 80% of offenses over the past three years have been committed against female students and a photo of students in swimming trunks at the edge of a swimming pool became the directory without edition.

“It knowingly supports the sexualization of young women’s bodies,” Riley said. “We are not adults, we are children. They give the impression that there is something in our body that we should be hiding.

Langston said it was decided not to edit any team or club photos. The high school’s website says all photos of students in the yearbook “may be digitally adjusted” if they don’t comply with the school district’s code of conduct.

Adrian Bartlett said his daughter’s yearbook photo had been edited to add more shirt cover and was outraged by the schools’ actions.

“I think it sends the message that our girls should be ashamed of their growing bodies, and I think it’s a horrible message to send to these young girls going through these changes,” Bartlett told St. Augustine. Record.

The school offers directory refunds to anyone who complains about the changes and wants to hand over their directory, the school spokesperson said.