Parents express anger at a photo of a yearbook changed by a schoolgirl at a high school in Florida

St. Augustine, Florida. — A high school in northeastern Florida talked about earlier this year About the dress code, 80 schoolgirls have been criticized again after editing their yearbook photos without their consent.

Reason? Add clothes

Controversy arises because Bertram Trail High School is already involved in the controversy Handling of district dress code, Some say they are sexist and unfairly target girls. Critics said the editing of the yearbook sent yet another harmful message to female students.

Adrian Bartlett is the mother of a Bertram Trail student. She said the photo of her daughter’s yearbook was edited on the chest, increasing the shirt coverage.

“I think we’ll send a message that our girls should be ashamed of their growing bodies, and I think it’s a horrifying message to send to these young girls who are experiencing these changes,” says Bartlett. I did.

Bartlett also said that inadequate editing made her body look unnatural, causing children to make fun of her. Bartlett said she was worried while her daughter laughed at it.

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“My daughter was hospitalized twice this year because of stress and pressure last year, including physical image problems, but she said, in an email to St. Augustine Records. I’m still looking for regular treatment. ” This is part of the USA TODAY network. “And now the school has made a decision that is drawing attention to her body in a negative way.

80 photos edited on the Bertram Trail

According to school district spokeswoman Christina Langston, school yearbook coordinator teacher Anne Irwin decided that the photo was out of the dress code and made some edits.

Parents object by saying that the student is not out of the dress code.

According to Langston, Irwin refused to comment on the story.



The high school website states that photos of all students in the yearbook may be “digitally adjusted” if they do not comply with the school district’s code of conduct.

According to Langston, “The digital changes are included in the yearbook because the previous procedure at Bertram Trail High School did not include photos of students who were deemed to be in violation of the student’s code of conduct. It was a solution to make it so.

At this point, the school is offering a refund to parents calling on this issue. The school receives feedback from parents, parents and students about improving this process for next year. “

According to Langston, people have to submit an yearbook to get a refund. The photo has been edited in the previous yearbook.

According to Bartlett, her daughter wears the same clothes on a regular basis and has never been breached. She said she wanted the dress code to be enforced consistently and that she wanted to relax some policies.

Other parents pointed out that a photo of a boy in a poolside swim short was put into the yearbook without editing.

According to Langston, the Yearbook team has not edited photos of the team or club.

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Taryn O’Keefe had two children at Bertram Trail High School, both editing photos. She said her daughters did not violate the dress code in their outfits. She also said that some students are being teased because of poor editing quality.

O’Keefe, who is also promoting a change in the district’s dress code, will bring the issue of photo editing to the school board.

“They are already working on a challenge with their peers … I think it will stick to them throughout their lives,” she said.

Girls have stricter standards than boys

Lorna Bracewell, Program Coordinator of Women’s Studies at Flagler College and Associate Professor of Political Science, said this was one of many controversies over dress code and gender in schools across the country.

The St. Johns County School District sets these standards in its dress code, in addition to its gender-neutral guidelines.


  • Boys’ trousers / slacks should be worn on the waist. Boxer shorts and underwear may not be visible.

  • Mustaches and beards must be neatly trimmed.

  • Exposure of clothing or pajamas is not permitted.


  • Tops and shirts should cover the entire shoulder and should be discreet and not exposed or distracting.

  • Midriffs or “cutout” dresses and “cutout” tops cannot be worn.

  • Extremely short skirts are not allowed.

  • The skirt must be at least 4 inches above the top of the knee.

  • No exposure of clothing, pajamas or underwear is allowed. Do not expose your underwear.

  • Hair curlers and excessive makeup are not allowed.

  • Girls’ trousers / slacks should be worn on the waist. Do not expose your underwear.

According to data provided by district authorities, more than 80% of violations over the last three years have been issued to female students, so some parents and students have called policy sexists for both their wording and enforcement. is.

A large-scale examination of student clothing at Bertram Trail High School on March 26 revealed that 31 students were cited for issues such as skirt length and exposed midriffs. All the violations were against female students.

According to Bracewell, using words like “distract” in the dress code sends a message to a young girl that something is inappropriate or unsightly in her body and needs to be compensated in some way. Will be done.

“It’s a bad message. It’s a message that undermines the self-esteem of young people,” she said.

Bracewell said he believes the yearbook issue reinforces the message.

Nationwide, “this is a long-standing practice of cracking down on a woman’s body and responding to it when presented publicly with some anxiety and concern,” she said.

Bracewell has proposed clothing guidelines for students that apply equally to all genders. She also believes that existing policies exclude gender-incompatible and transgender students.

Accountability requirements

She said Stephanie Fabre was busy Friday and spoke with national media representatives about the yearbook controversy.

The photo of Fabre’s daughter was edited to cover more of her breasts, and now Fabre is among her parents looking for change.

“It happened, whether it was intentional or unintentional, so we go to understand how this happens and how to prevent it from happening again,” she said. Said.

She went to the school vice-principal with her daughter and was told that the shirt the photo was taken was within the dress code guidelines. She said her daughter had no problem wearing the same shirt at school.

Fabre said he still has a lot of questions about photo editing.

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“Which adult approved it?” Fabre asked. “How does that happen? Why are they allowed to judge with or without cleavage? And if they are allowed by Photoshop, why don’t you teach them proper Photoshop skills And why did this teacher approve this to be printed ?? “

According to Langston, the photo was digitally modified at Irwin’s direction.

Fabre said the yearbook was returned and was told that he could get a refund if nothing was written. She said it was unrealistic to think that the student had not yet signed the yearbook.

But the bigger problem was that it led to editing in the first place. She didn’t want to point out the accusations, but rather apologized to the school and asked her to reissue the yearbook.

“They took the non-situation and then created the situation …. they made these girls feel humiliating,” she said.

Contributions: Colleen Jones, St. Augustine Record

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