A Florida high school is facing backlash for altering the yearbook photos of 80 female students to add clothing to their chests and shoulders, BBC reported.
The school district told local media the changes were made to ensure the photos met the dress code, which says girls' shirts must be "modest".
All of these photos appeared in the Bartram Trail HS yearbook, but only 1 was digitally altered because the yearbook coordinator believed it violated the student code of conduct. In total, 80 photos were "adjusted" in the yearbook, all featuring female students. #News4Jax @wjxt4 pic.twitter.com/j1YCblxjjE— Joe McLean (@JoeMcLeanNews) May 21, 2021
But critics pointed to yearbook photos of male students left unedited despite violating the same standards.
The digital alterations were made without permission, the students say.
Bartram Trail High School's yearbook co-ordinator - a female teacher - made the decision to edit the photos after determining they had violated the dress code, the St Johns County school district said.
A disclaimer on Bartram Trail's website warns students that their yearbook photos may be digitally edited to be consistent with the dress code.
But some students have called the alterations distressing and accused the school of sexism.