There had been rumors all day that the yearbook photos had been altered, said Riley O’Keefe, a ninth grader at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns County, Fla.
When she finally got her copy, Ms. O’Keefe, 15, opened the page to her photo and laughed in disbelief.
A black bar had been added to cover more of her chest, she said. Then, Ms. O’Keefe thumbed through the rest of the yearbook. Dozens of other students — all girls — had similar edits, many of them clumsy alterations that covered more of their chests.
Ms. O’Keefe said she had been confused at first, then furious. Other girls approached her and said the alterations made them feel sexualized and exposed.
Bartram Trail, a public high school with about 2,500 students, says on its website that yearbook photos “must be consistent with the St. Johns County School District Student Code of Conduct or may be digitally adjusted.”
Christina Langston, a district spokeswoman, told The St. Augustine Record that a teacher who serves as the yearbook coordinator had made the edits.
the dress code states.
“They’re all good students, and we’re going to focus on whether you have too much shoulder showing?” Taryn O’Keefe said. “It’s out of control.”
In March, students were outraged when administrators at the high school stood in the hallway and called out dozens of girls or took them out of class for violating the dress code.
One male teacher called out at a student who wore a zip-up jacket over a sports bra, said Riley O’Keefe, who said she had spoken to the girl.
The girl was ordered to remove the jacket and wear a white T-shirt that school officials gave her, Ms. O’Keefe said. The girl also described what happened to News4Jax.