School photoshops yearbook photos to cover skin

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by USA Today

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Posted on May 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

At one Utah high school, girls considered to be showing too much skin had their photos edited with higher necklines or added sleeves.

Some female students at Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah, were upset with the alteration, particularly because they said it didn't appear the yearbook club used a consistent standard to alter the photos, reports FOX13-TV in Salt Lake City. 

One sophomore, Shelby Baum, said she felt like the school was "trying to shame you of your body," according to an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune.

In her original yearbook photo, Baum wore a V-neck T-shirt revealing a tattoo on her collarbone that reads, "I am enough the way I am."

The altered photo shows a higher, square neckline that covers the tattoo.

In a message posted Thursday on Facebook, Wasatch High School acknowledged the yearbook staff "did make some errors" in not consistently applying dress code standards to all photos.

The school added that a sign outside of where the students had their photos taken warned of possible photo editing if the dress code was not followed.

"Tank tops, low cut tops, inappropriate slogans on shirts, etc. would not be allowed. If a student violated this policy, the sign told them explicitly that the photos may be edited to correct the violation," according to Wasatch High School's Facebook page.

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