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WASATCH COUNTY, Utah -- Female students at a Utah high school want to know why their yearbook photos were altered to show less skin without them knowing about it.

The students who were surprised to find their photos altered attend Wasatch High School, and some of them said they also feel upset because it appears the decisions whether to alter the photos or not weren't made consistently.

"I feel like they put names in a hat and pick and choose who," sophomore Rachel Russel said. "There were plenty of girls that were wearing thicker tank tops and half of them got edited and half of them didn't."

And that's what bothered the girls the most. It seemed like the school randomly picked which pictures to edit. In one case, two different girls were wearing nearly identical tops: one photo was altered to add sleeves and the other was not.

But educators said the students know the dress code and there was a sign warning them that their pictures may be edited. However, the Wasatch County superintendent admits the school erred in not applying the same rules to each student.

"We only apologize in the sense that we want to be more consistent with what we're trying to do in that sense we can help kids better prepare for their future by knowing how to dress appropriately for things," said Terry E. Shoemaker, who is the superintendent of schools for the Wasatch County School District.


  • Fast45

    Well after all, it’s Utah we’re talking about here. Women must be primped and prepared for display to prospective LDS husbands … right?

    ‘Wait until they go anywhere else for a science degree, and then they learn that all those creation science lessons are bogus. Yearbook photos aren’t the only things that are “water-colored” in Utah.

    • tyeporter

      There are plenty of degreed scientists who shed the liberal/evolutionary brainwashing they received in public schools.
      Once they get out into the real world, they learn the truth and don’t drink from that evolutionary religious Kool-Aide.

      • Fast45

        Facts have no political agenda … there is no “liberal” physics or biochemistry, versus “conservative”.

        When you “believe” then you close the mind to facts. You just cannot argue with the Easter Bunny or Santa. They are supernaturally powerful and dictate the rules.

      • Porter

        There most certainly is “liberal” science vs reality/real science.
        Pointing out global warming would be a great illustration.
        Evolution as if it were fact, not a belief in spite of science.
        These examples of liberal sciences that don’t align with mainstream or fact/reality based sciences.

  • Tom Sanders

    That’s the liberal way to decide how you should look….if you like democrats expect this all the time…they will decide what you eat…how to act..what you should look like…etc.

    • Anonymous

      Did you actually read your cmment? The “liberal way”? No sir, that is a >conservative< mindset on the way of thinking. Please educate yourself on simple semantics before making an uneducated, and frankly stupid statement such as this.

    • Dellbert

      Umm, clearly you are either not from this country or live in a cave, Tom. Do you realize this is talking about a school in UTAH!!! UTAH is one of the more conservative states in the country. For you say say, “liberal way,” just makes me thing you are a reporter for fox news who consistently deflects the atrocities which come from the conservative movement.

      • Porter

        1) Fox is just as whacked out liberal as the rest of the news outlets.
        2) It’s the “liberal” agenda to make us all the same, to inhibit one’s freedoms and give special rights to others so that we are all perceived as the same.
        Liberals take away gal’s freedoms to dress as they wish, Conservatives teach boys & girls to respect themselves enough not to dress that way in the first place.

  • Test

    I was taught evolution in High School. Then I took statistics in college. I still find unassisted evolution difficult to believe. The odds just are not in your favor. Believing in a Creator disn’t seem to harm Einstein any.

    • annpirie

      You are absolutely right. To the naked (pun intended) eye, “sleeves vs. bra straps looks much better.”

  • K Marrill

    Why sensationalize a group of girls that do not want to follow the rules? They should know the schoolrules, every students gets a copy each year and they should be able to read the sign at picture taking. They were allowed to purchase the pictures they wanted, but the rule applied to the yearbook. Perhaps they should spend the energy changing the rule, rather than disobeying it. Really, can Fox 31 not find some real news?

  • LD

    Love that the Superintendent said the sign was big enough for other “peoples” to notice. I don’t think bare arms is Utah’s biggest problem.

  • Fast45

    When you “believe” that some imaginary being-in-the-sky is telling you what to do (for some far-fetched reason) then that’s all one needs, to justify silly actions and rules. You just cannot argue with Santa or the Easter Bunny.

    • tyeporter

      You’re right.
      You can’t argue with folks who’ve made up self creating universes, supernatural and mythical mother nature, making choices in her evolutionary quest.
      These are the religious who are tearing down out IQ and injecting their religious bias slash brainwashing slash agenda into our public schools as if it were fact, in spite of science.

  • ami

    Um…religion wasn’t pointed out in the article but many conclusions drawn in comments mocking religion. Offensive. Schools have dress codes, look up your school policies; the rules don’t apply to female students alone…when you ‘grow up’ and become an adult there are also dress codes you have to abide by. This is called educating or kids.

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