There had been rumors all working day that the yearbook photos experienced been altered, explained Riley O’Keefe, a ninth grader at Bartram Path Substantial Faculty in St. Johns County, Florida.
When she last but not least obtained her copy, O’Keefe, 15, opened the webpage to her photograph and laughed in disbelief.
A black bar experienced been included to cover additional of her chest, she claimed. Then O’Keefe thumbed by way of the relaxation of the yearbook. Dozens of other college students — all girls — experienced identical edits, several of them clumsy alterations that included a lot more of their chests.
O’Keefe said she had been perplexed at very first, then furious. Other women approached her and mentioned the alterations produced them feel sexualized and uncovered.
Many college students and parents are now demanding an apology.
They said the altered photographs have been the most recent in a series of crackdowns by directors who have employed an outdated costume code to law enforcement the way women dress.
“They require to recognize that it’s creating ladies truly feel ashamed of their bodies,” O’Keefe said of the altered images.
At minimum 80 photographs of female pupils ended up altered. No pics of male college students, such as just one of the swim crew in which the boys wore Speedo bathing suits, were being digitally altered, according to O’Keefe and mother and father who saw the yearbook.
University administrators and district officials did not react to requests for comment Saturday.
Bartram Trail, a public substantial university with about 2,500 pupils, suggests on its internet site that yearbook photos “must be steady with the St. Johns County University District College student Code of Conduct or may possibly be digitally modified.”
Christina Langston, a district spokeswoman, told The St. Augustine Report that a instructor who serves as the yearbook coordinator had built the edits.
“Bartram Path Significant School’s previous technique was to not include scholar photographs in the yearbook that they deemed in violation of the pupil code of conduct, so the electronic alterations ended up a remedy to make positive all pupils ended up provided in the yearbook,” Langston told The File.
She mentioned the faculty was giving refunds and “receiving suggestions from mothers and fathers/guardians/learners on building this procedure superior for following 12 months.”