Daily Talker: Was Utah School Wrong To Alter Yearbook Photos?

Some students at a high school in Utah aren’t happy with their yearbook photos. They say Wasatch High School made digital alterations to the pictures, including adding cap sleeves to tank tops, raising¬†necklines, and in one case, removing a¬†tattoo.

“I feel like they’re shaming you, like you’re not enough, you’re not perfect,” said sophomore Shelby Baum. Her collarbone tattoo reading “I am enough the way I am” was lifted from her photo. She also discovered a high, square neckline drawn onto her black V-neck T-shirt.

The Wasatch County School District said in a statement Thursday that students were warned when yearbook photos were taken last fall that images might be altered if students violated dress standards.

“It is understandable that students in violation of the dress code could forget that they received warnings about inappropriate dress,” the statement said.

Other students whose photos were doctored said the pictures squelched their right to express their style, and made them feel singled out because school officials have been inconsistent in enforcing the standards.

Do you think the school district was right or wrong to alter the photos? Share your comments below, and watch for them on WBZ News in the Morning from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m.


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