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Parents Angry After Florida School Edits Girls' Yearbook Photos To Alter Their Clothing

Tom Wood

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Parents Angry After Florida School Edits Girls' Yearbook Photos To Alter Their Clothing

Featured Image Credit: First Coast News

Parents at a school in Florida have been left outraged after some of the female students' outfits were edited to make them appear more conservative.

Bartram Trail High School has been accused of sexism and double standards after 80 girls had their photographs edited against their will, mostly with pretty poor editing on the collars of their shirts to make them seem more covered up, reports Action News Jax.

The students themselves have also expressed their displeasure at the photo editing, with one ninth grade student telling the local news outlet: "I felt confident that day and I looked good, in dress code.

"When I sent it to my mom and all of us saw it, I felt very sexualised, like that was what they were worrying about."

One of the edited photos. Credit: First Coast News
One of the edited photos. Credit: First Coast News

One of the girls' mothers added: "Our daughters of Bartram deserve an apology,

"They are making them feel embarrassed about who they are."

It has also been pointed out that in the same yearbook there is a picture of the boys' swimming team, all wearing nothing but swimming trucks, that appeared unedited.

That has led to accusations of double standards, given that the female students had crude black rectangles edited over their chests to cover them up more.

However, the school has defended their actions in a statement that reads: "Bartram Trail High School's previous procedure was to not include student pictures in the yearbook that they deemed in violation of the student code of conduct.

Bartram Trail High School. Credit: Fox News
Bartram Trail High School. Credit: Fox News

"So the digital alterations were a solution to make sure all students were included in the yearbook."

The school has also agreed to refund any parents that are unhappy with the resulting yearbook and stated that administrators have been 'receiving feedback' about the incident.

That's not going to cut it for many of those who are annoyed at the unsolicited editing.

With particular reference to the boys' swimming team photo, another student told First Coast News: "It doesn't make any sense that they looked at that and were like, 'This is okay, but this is not.'"

Bartram Trail High School has been accused of sexism and double standards. Credit: First Coast News
Bartram Trail High School has been accused of sexism and double standards. Credit: First Coast News

Her mother also pointed out that the school's 'code of conduct' is not applied evenly or consistently.

She said: "Yesterday she happened to be wearing the shirt again so after school, we went up to the school and asked if she was in dress code and they said yes.

"So my next question was, if the shirt is in dress code and is good enough for school and your school ID, why is it not enough for the yearbook?"

Topics: Florida, US News, Weird

Tom Wood
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