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.
@BenRyanANJax WTF is “distracting “ . Distracting who?— Gold Finch (@Gold Finch)1621671048.0
To make the girls appear more 'modest'.
@BenRyanANJax Pretty sure it's illegal to have different dress code standards for boys and girls.— Freya Mercer, Ed.D. (@Freya Mercer, Ed.D.)1621698972.0
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. Sh… https://t.co/IR2aoqqR7b— Ben Ryan (@Ben Ryan)1621547060.0
News reporter, Ben Ryan, shared one example to Twitter.
The journalist wrote:
She isn’t the only one. We looked at the yearbook and after speaking with several parents and students, they all… https://t.co/AhmRVz20PB— Ben Ryan (@Ben Ryan)1621549505.0
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 fee… https://t.co/IbgaC40KcT— Ben Ryan (@Ben Ryan)1621549735.0
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.
When I reached out the school for answers, I was given the following statement: @ActionNewsJax https://t.co/04Y6ULFLzY— Ben Ryan (@Ben Ryan)1621553883.0
#NEW: The school district confirmed with me 80 yearbook pictures were edited, all of them were girls. I’ve request… https://t.co/9PmXDqDXxA— Ben Ryan (@Ben Ryan)1621610119.0
According to Ryan...
A reminder: the school said yearbook photos must follow dress code guidelines. Both parents & students say they f… https://t.co/ebw6QsZAHd— Ben Ryan (@Ben Ryan)1621612625.0
The girl in the photo is a 14-year-old ninth grader.
Each yearbook was sold for $100.
#UPDATE: Nobody is answering me. - I rang the buzzer at Bartram Trail HS, nobody came out to talk to us and were… https://t.co/H1GBRbSMC6— Ben Ryan (@Ben Ryan)1621618790.0
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. 80 girls. Students say they didn’t receive a dress code violation for wearing the sam… https://t.co/NWClMzQ2xD— Ben Ryan (@Ben Ryan)1621633985.0
Explaining their reasoning for the doctored images.
#NEW: Embarrassed, ashamed and sexualized is how female students described the way they feel. So far, no one conn… https://t.co/N1zbIAvGkW— Ben Ryan (@Ben Ryan)1621640287.0
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… https://t.co/juP3yWhZ3V— Ben Ryan (@Ben Ryan)1621692515.0
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'.
@BenRyanANJax I do not see one single code broken from the pictures shown. Honestly their dress code is written loo… https://t.co/eMbcliBPsF— lil mitchel (@lil mitchel)1621652723.0
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...