St. Johns School District Offers Refunds After Photos Of Students Edited In Yearbook For Dress Code Violation

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Florida – After parents and students at Bartram Trail High School became outraged that yearbook photos deemed to violate the student code of conduct were unwittingly altered, the St. Johns County School District said he was offering refunds to anyone calling about the issue.

Many photos of college girls have been digitally altered to make them appear more modest, but students say it was unnecessary and unfair.

In a statement to News4Jax on Thursday, the district said the school’s previous procedure was to exclude photos of students from the yearbook that they found to be in violation of the student code of conduct “so that the digital edits were a solution to ensure that all students were included in the directory. “

Several photos showing what the directory portraits looked like before and after digital retouching were shared with News4Jax. Photos have been edited to cover parts of the students’ chest and shoulders.

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Photo of the directory before and after being digitally edited. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax – All rights reserved.)
Another example of a digitally altered photo in the Bartram Trail High School yearbook. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax – All rights reserved.)

The directories, which cost $ 100 each, were handed out to students on Wednesday.

On the Bartram Trail website, a disclaimer warns students that their photos may be changed.

“All images in advertisements and all individual student photos must comply with the St. Johns County School District Student Code of Conduct or may be digitally adjusted,” it read.

The school came under fire in March after teenage girls said they were taken out of the classroom and sent to the dean’s office to change clothes or be hung up. The incidents triggered an online petition created by students calling for change, which had over 4,000 signatures.

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News4Jax found that the number of recorded dress code violations for students in the St. Johns County School District had skyrocketed during the 2020-2021 school year, according to data provided by the district.

In the district, 78% of dress code violations go to female students.

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