Last week saw a Florida school slammed after it emerged that the yearbook photos of around eighty female students had been edited to show less skin.
And now, some of those students have decided to speak out…
Revealing the situation left them feeling “very objectified.”
And the internet is equally as angry…
And rightly so.
And it’s at school where the basis for our morals should be born.
So, what happens at school is hugely important..
Their classroom will more than likely mimic whatever it is they’re doing.
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.
To make the girls appear more ‘modest’.
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 by news reporter, Ben Ryan, who wrote:
“This is a before and after yearbook photo taken of Bartram Trail 9th grade high school student, Riley O’Keefe. 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.”
In a follow up tweet, he shared images of other students whose pictures had also been edited.
Writing: “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.”
Ryan reportedly reached out to the school and received a statement that read:
“Bartram Trial High School’s previous procedure was to not include student pictures in the year that they deemed in volition of the student code of conduct, so the digital alterations were a solution to make sure all students were included in the year book. At this point the school is offering refunds to any parents calling about this issue. The school is receiving feedback from parents/guardians/students on making this process better for next year.”
And now, 2 girls whose photos were edited are speaking out on the issue.
First-year students, Riley O’Keefe and Zoe Iannone, are among the girls whose pictures were altered.
Speaking with Today, Zoe described feeling “embarrassed.”
“The initial reaction is to be surprised and shocked, and then as it goes on, you just feel gross and embarrassed and very objectified,” she said.
With her mom, Amanda Emery, also adding:
“Basically, now their body parts are of additional focus and attention that never would’ve been there in the first place if the school hadn’t called attention to it.”
Fellow student, Riley admitted feeling very “uncomfortable” after she realised how her photo had been looked at.
“I got very upset, and I was very uncomfortable that that’s how they were looking at our photos,” she said.
Riley added: “When the school goes and edits out my cleavage in a photo but decides that a swim team photo’s OK in Speedos, it sends the message that my body is inappropriate — that my body is, there’s something wrong with it.”
“I think an apology is a huge thing that needs to happen. I think in long term the view of girls’ bodies and young women’s bodies and the dress code based on that needs to change.”
Riley’s mom, Stephanie, also added: “Immediately, my blood started to boil.”
“They felt like they’d done something wrong. It felt like their bodies were being shamed, and they were embarrassed.”
What do you think?
It certainly sounds out of order…