Students upset after Utah school adds sleeves in yearbook photos

Students at a Utah high school are upset after discovering that their yearbook photos had been altered.

Upon receiving their yearbooks, some female students at Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah, found that their photos had been altered to raise necklines and add sleeves to sleeveless shirts. They said the changes were particularly troubling because the students weren’t informed beforehand that their photos were being edited, and the standards appeared to have been enforced sporadically.

“I feel like they put names in a hat and pick and choose who,” sophomore Rachel Russel told Fox 13. “There were plenty of girls that were wearing thicker tank tops and half of them got edited and half of them didn’t.”

The school said there were signs up on picture day warning that those who didn’t adhere to the dress code could see their photos edited. The district superintendent, Terry E. Shoemaker, said the school was right to edit the photos, but should have more consistently enforced the rules.

Utah schools have gotten national attention in recent years for widely publicized dress code controversies.

In May 2012, a middle school student was sent home from school because her skirt was half an inch too short. A few months later, a high school had to hold a “replacement prom” due to outcry after dozens of teens were sent home from their prom because of their dresses. And in Feb. 2013, a middle school student was barred from school after the red shade she dyed her hair was deemed unnatural by school administrators.

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