Yearbook

Florida school reportedly alters photos in girls’ yearbook, covering exposed skin


Parents and students at a Florida high school are slamming what they say is a double standard in dress code policy after yearbook photos of several girls were allegedly altered.

A review of yearbook photos by NBC affiliate WTLV of Jacksonville shows that some students at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns County had their yearbook photos altered to cover areas of their chest, depending on the station.

In photos released by the outlet, the student’s clothes were cut out and digitally glued to their exposed skin.

“They’ve completely altered her photo, and her chest looks distorted in a way,” parent Adrian Bartlett said.

Bartram Trail High School in St. John’s, Florida.Google

The public high school, located about 30 miles south of Jacksonville, follows the dress code policy of the St. Johns County School District, according to the school’s website. An online manual for the county says girls can’t wear shirts considered “revealing or embarrassing.”

“Low waisted or ‘cut out’ dresses and ‘cut out’ tops cannot be worn. Extremely short skirts are not allowed. “Revealing clothing, pajamas and lingerie are not acceptable.”

But Bartlett told WTLV her daughter was never told that the outfit she was wearing for photo day violated the school’s dress code policy. She said the outfit is one of her daughter’s favorites and has worn it a few times without a problem.

The edited yearbook photo is now the subject of jokes among her daughter’s classmates, according to Bartlett.

“Now other kids are writing in her yearbook and writing about it and making comments and jokes about it,” she said.

“With these kids it’s scary because they’re already facing so much pressure and stress and now you’re putting the body image issues on top of that,” she added.

A student, Riley O’Keefe, told the outlet the school told her her outfit was okay, but when she received her yearbook her photo had been altered to make it appear covered.

O’Keefe said she believed there was a double standard because boys on the school’s swim team were allowed to wear Speedos, according to WTLV.

The principal of Bartram Trail and the St. Johns County School District did not immediately return a request for comment on Saturday. The district told WTLV that the directory is run by an English teacher and any parent who calls to raise the issue is offered a refund for the cost of the directory. The photo editing appears to have been done by the school, not the district, according to WTLV.