A Florida school has been slammed after reports emerged the school edited the photos of around eighty female students to make them appear more 'modest'.
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Now, this story has horrified and outraged many...
And rightly so.
The majority of children look up to their teachers...
And it's at school where the basis for our morals should be born.
So, what happens at school is hugely important..
via: GettyTheir classroom will more than likely mimic whatever it is they're doing.
Because at the end of the day...
Teachers and school staff are role models!
But there are certain things role models shouldn't be doing...
And this latest story proves exactly what school staff should not be doing.
A school in Florida recently gave students their yearbook...
However many girls in the school noticed something different about their yearbook photos.
They'd been edited.
WTF is “distracting “ . Distracting who?— Gold Finch (@g0ldf1nch) May 22, 2021
To make the girls appear more 'modest'.
Pretty sure it's illegal to have different dress code standards for boys and girls.— Freya Mercer, Ed.D. (@edufreya) May 22, 2021
Yes, around 80 girls at the school noticed their images had been doctored to hide any exposed skin.
One example of the doctored images was shared online.
This is a before and after yearbook photo taken of Bartram Trail 9th grade high school student, Riley O’Keefe.— Ben Ryan (@BenRyanANJax) May 20, 2021
She says it was deemed inappropriate by the school and photoshopped in the printed edition.
Parents and students are now asking for a major change.@ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/f8MjkZMDOw
News reporter, Ben Ryan, shared one example to Twitter.
The journalist wrote:
She isn’t the only one.— Ben Ryan (@BenRyanANJax) May 20, 2021
We looked at the yearbook and after speaking with several parents and students, they all said at least 60 pictures, if not more, were photoshopped/edited.
We were given permission to use these photos. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/aTgV5XlUud
This is a before and after yearbook photo taken of Bartram Trail 9th grade high school student, Riley O'Keefe.
The post continued:
“You’re not only affecting their photo, it’s not just for protecting them, you’re making them uncomfortable and feel like their bodies aren’t acceptable in a yearbook,” said Riley O’Keefe.— Ben Ryan (@BenRyanANJax) May 20, 2021
Read the full story here: ⬇️https://t.co/B8aPkXMV2D@ActionNewsJax
She says it was deemed inappropriate by the school and photoshopped in the printed edition. Parents and students are now asking for a major change.
#NEW: The school district confirmed with me 80 yearbook pictures were edited, all of them were girls.— Ben Ryan (@BenRyanANJax) May 21, 2021
I’ve requested interviews with the superintendent, principal, the person who did the edits, made the final decision and the yearbook committee.
Here’s what I was told: pic.twitter.com/1cYY4o4mHt
According to Ryan...
A reminder: the school said yearbook photos must follow dress code guidelines.— Ben Ryan (@BenRyanANJax) May 21, 2021
Both parents & students say they followed it and didn’t get dress code violations when wearing the same outfits before.
One mom told me her daughter wore it “like 50 times and never got in trouble.” pic.twitter.com/J20BAkQ7VG
The girl in the photo is a 14-year-old ninth grader.
Each yearbook was sold for $100.
#UPDATE: Nobody is answering me.— Ben Ryan (@BenRyanANJax) May 21, 2021
- I rang the buzzer at Bartram Trail HS, nobody came out to talk to us and were told to leave.
- I stopped by the @SJCSD administrative building, front desk worker told me “they’re in meetings all day” and won’t be able to answer my questions.
However following the scandal, the St. Johns County School District said it would issue refunds, provided that the yearbook is returned.
The school later offered a statement.
80 yearbook pictures edited.— Ben Ryan (@BenRyanANJax) May 21, 2021
Students say they didn’t receive a dress code violation for wearing the same outfits on other days and tell me the double standard needs to be left in the past.
We won’t stop until we get answers.@ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/eLjfWkp9Mz
Explaining their reasoning for the doctored images.
#NEW: Embarrassed, ashamed and sexualized is how female students described the way they feel.— Ben Ryan (@BenRyanANJax) May 21, 2021
So far, no one connected to the school has spoken up, while the 9th grade students are speaking out for change. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/AqnBEH7xJt
The digital alterations were a solution to make sure all students were included in the yearbook.
A disclaimer on the school website also states that images may be edited to fit in with the school's dress code.
Parents and students say after seeing many other pictures in the yearbook unedited, they want consistency with the dress code.— Ben Ryan (@BenRyanANJax) May 22, 2021
The 80 girls pictures were deemed inappropriate by a school employee, saying they were in violation of student code of conduct.https://t.co/34dOAv2nfd
More specifically, it reads:
All images in ads and all individual student pictures must be consistent with the St. Johns County School District Student Code of Conduct or may be digitally adjusted.
However many still aren't happy - saying that the edits make young girls feel ashamed about their 'growing bodies'.
I do not see one single code broken from the pictures shown. Honestly their dress code is written loosely, way more could have and should be there but instead there are only women altered because they are glowing and maturing. This is victim blaming at its most primal.— lil mitchel (@nikemitch112) May 22, 2021
One parent explained:
I think it sends the message that our girls should be ashamed of their growing bodies, and I think that's a horrible message to send out to these young girls that are going through these changes.
What do you think?
It certainly sounds out of order...