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High School Blasted For Photoshopping 80 Girls’ Yearbook Photos To Be More ‘Modest’

Bertram Trail High School Photoshopped 80 girls' yearbook photos to appear more 'modest'
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A Florida high school is under fire for its drastic and archaic approach to dress code—for the second time this year.

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Female students at Bartram Trail High School were shocked to discover their yearbook photos had been altered without their consent, under the guise of making their clothing more “appropriate.”

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The yearbook coordinator, Anne Irwin, who is also a teacher at the school, chose to edit the photos after deciding the outfits 80 girls were wearing on picture day violated the school’s dress code. Here’s one example:

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“I couldn’t believe they printed those and thought it was okay,” the student in the photo, Riley O’Keefe, told The Washington Post. “I started to get really upset and angry. [The school is] looking through children’s photos and looking at their chests.”

The fact that only female students were targeted for these surprise alterations, while a photo of male students in swim trunks remained in the yearbook unedited with no problem, speaks to a larger ongoing problem at the school.

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Back in March, students made local news protesting abhorrent behavior from faculty in enforcing a dress code that not only prohibits girls from wearing tank tops in the Florida heat, but even apparently empowers faculty to berate and embarrass students in front of their classmates.

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One student even told News4Jax that a male teacher repeatedly forced her to unzip her jacket — which she had been wearing completely zipped up — to show that she was only wearing a sports bra underneath.

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Another student said an administrator said she looked “like a hooker” in front of her peers, while she wearing business casual attire that included a skirt.

Bartram students and parents kicked up a fuss then, and they’re doing so again now, to the point that the district is reviewing some of its dress code policies. But the proposed changes are minimal, and don’t do much to address the underlying problems with far too many dress codes that treat young girls’ bodies as innately sexual and something to be hidden to prevent boys from “distraction.”

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“The end result is that the systematic dress code needs to be changed and consistently applied and enforced. Teachers need to go to some type of training,” said O’Keefe’s stepmother, Taryn. “The sexualization of young girls has to stop.”