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article imageUtah students upset over doctored yearbook photos

By Anne Sewell     May 30, 2014 in World
Heber City - A group of female students at a Utah high school are upset and demanding an answer as to why the school chose to alter their yearbook photos without telling them and also why this rule wasn't applied to everyone.
In a bid to make the photos "show less skin," authorities at Wasatch High School in Heber City doctored a selection of the girl's photos, adding sleeves and raising necklines. However, they didn't apply this policy to all the girl's photos and this has made the students even more angry.
In the video some of the doctored photos can be seen where sleeves have been added, or a tank top painted in under the open neck of a shirt.
According to students, their outfits did follow the public school's dress code and they say they have worn them on campus many times.
"I feel like they're trying to shame you of your body," said sophomore Shelby Baum, who found her black, V-neck T-shirt had an addition of a high neckline.
Another student pointed out that two of them were wearing almost identical tops, but the school had only doctored one of the photos.
Sophomore Kimberley Montoya was upset at the sleeves that were added to her image saying, "My shirt was a cream color, and the color of the cover-up was completely white."
"It looked like white-out on my skin," she added, criticizing the school's Photoshop abilities.
According to the school, students should know the dress code and they stated that there was a sign warning them that the photos could be edited. Apparently the dress code bans "extreme clothing," which includes "revealing shorts, skirts, dresses, tank shirts, halter or crop tops, spaghetti straps, etc."
However, Wasatch County Superintendent Terry E. Shoemaker does admit that they made an error by not applying the same rules to every student, saying, "We only apologize in the sense that we want to be more consistent with what we're trying to do."
Holly Mullen, executive director of the Rape Recovery Center in Utah, disagreed with the practice of altering the photos. She said in a statement: "It is a keen example of how our culture, and especially those in power to make such random decisions, shame young women into thinking they must dress and act in one narrow, acceptable way."
Apparently male students were luckier and there were no reports of any of their photos being doctored.
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