It’s not odd for there to be a little drama when high school yearbooks are released at the end of the year, but at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns County, Fla., the drama has reached national attention.
That’s because 80 of the students’ portraits were digitally edited — many of them clumsily — to add more clothing to chests and shoulders.
All of the students are female. None of them were consulted.
Students and parents told local news outlets that they were shocked and embarrassed when they got their copies of the $100 yearbook last week.
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.
— Ben Ryan (@BenRyanANJax) May 20, 2021
The school district told The St. Augustine Record and News4Jax that ultimately the decision to edit the photos was made by the yearbook coordinator — also a teacher at the school — who had deemed the photos were in violation of the school’s dress code. According to the