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Published: Thursday, May 29 2014 2:20 p.m. MDT

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Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Over at the other newspaper in town there is a feeding frenzy in the comments section.
Posters there allege that there is a secret plot by the LDS Church to impose outdated modesty standards in the public schools.
Then again, the LDS Church gets blamed for just about everything over there.

Layton, UT

Why stop with editing the neckline and the sleeves? Just superimpose a burqa over all the girls in the yearbook.

Salt Lake City, UT

Iran must be sharing their photoshop secrets (they'd edited Michelle Obama's clothing before for one).

Bountiful, UT

The edited photo is more blurry. I guess that is part of the penalty?

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

The Trib commenters seem to have a severe case of paranoia. Everything that happens in their life that they perceive as being "bad" is only because of the "boogeyman" LDS church. For such a "progressive" audience of "intellectual thinkers" they seem to be going through a drought of comparing facts rather than paranoid opinions.

With that said. If the school had the sign up and explained to the students the dress code. Then the only error was not applying it consistently when the editing was done.

If nothing else, they're helping these students from being embarrassed in the future when the media, police, employers, children etc look at these pictures.

I suppose we can say the same thing about Marines and Military when their pictures are taken. All in modest uniforms. No smiles. Tattoos covered. You don't hear about them crying about their expression being covered up.

If they feel that it's that important, then they can take a pic of themselves and insert it in their yearbook.

Iguarantee in a year, you'll never look through it again until your child pulls it out. Sees you and laughs. Then ask why they can't get tattoo....

Edwardsville, IL

I see nothing wrong with a school having dress standards and enforcing them. If the photos were taken at the school, why were the standards not enforced prior to the photo shoot? I can also understand having the photos edited to bring the images into standards. What I would be especially disappointed with is letting some amateur photo-shopper that doesn't know how to maintain photo quality hack away and butcher the photos prior to submission to the yearbook. If the touched up photo is representative of what's in the yearbook... get a refund.

orem, UT

Yes, I read through many of those comments too. It was entertaining. A lot of emoted comments about rights and individuality and people pushing their religion on others and shaming girls. Oh brother! What's so bad about just following the dress code? Everyone knew it. Good for the school for enforcing it.

Salt Lake City, UT

This is ridiculous. I wonder if they are also editing boys' pictures as well. Probably not.
@Say No to BO
Kind of like everyone likes to play the victim card over here.

orem, UT

Oh, and then there are the "burqa" comments. Too funny. I don't think simple modesty at school is that complex of an issue.

Murray, UT

Why weren't the photo's policed before they were taken? You mean to tell me that a member of the faculty could not be present to send them home before the pictures were taken?

The edits look terrible, it could have been avoided with the proper administration of the rules.

Lehi, UT

Once again, another Utah story which will be blasted on late-night TV and featured in every morning radio show's "news of the wierd" segment. Nothing wrong with having a dress code, but exposed shoulders are now immodest in a secular school?

Frozen Fractals
Salt Lake City, UT

@Liberal Ted
"If nothing else, they're helping these students from being embarrassed in the future when the media, police, employers, children etc look at these pictures."

Except that those original pictures aren't embarrassing. Now what is embarrassing is having your school shame you by poorly editing your photo because they deemed your attire improper.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA


"What's so bad about just following the dress code? Everyone knew it. Good for the school for enforcing it."

I agree, but if you're going to enforce the dress code, then enforce the dress code. Why are these students in violation of the dress code even at school long enough to get their yearbook photos taken? Shouldn't they have been sent home to change long before getting their pictures taken?

If the school wants to enforce the dress code, they should enforce it proactively rather than retroactively altering photos after the fact.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

I don't see how shoulders are controversial. They should have left the photos unaltered.

San Diego, CA

This is a good decision on their part.

However, in addition to fixing the yearbook they should really have enforced the dress standards throughout the school year.

Moreover, the revised photos should not have been so fuzzed up.

Salt Lake City, UT

You enforce the policy at the time you take the pictures or when they are submitted for the yearbook. You don't edit photos without permission and randomly.

And, oh yeah, bear arms are probably okay. Even for Utah....

Spanish Fork, UT

My daughter had an end of year swim party put on by her school. The School informed parents with only a couple day's warning that were required to wear a one piece swim suit so that their belly button would be covered. My daughter had to go out last minute with her mother and spend money trying to find a one piece when she already had two very modest two piece suites available. Why is my daughter punished for the perceived sexual deviancy that the school district must believe will ensue with the showing of a belly button? Why is a females belly button considered a sexually attractive feature in need of covering while the same does not hold true for a males belly button? Why are our girls forced to cover features as to not entice the boys while the boys are free to show it all? Not that most boys would wear one but a speedo would have been appropriate attire. How ridiculous are we as a society with some of the purely sexist rules we continue to enforce on a daily basis?

orem, UT

Brave Sir Robin,
I have no argument with your point. I wish the schools in our area would enforce their dress codes better through the year as well. However, being a public school teacher, and being married to one, I do understand that it is difficult to do consistently. With a high school student population that vastly outnumbers administration and faculty it is hard to police everyone.

university place, WA


"I don't think simple modesty at school is that complex of an issue."

I have looked at the few pictures available in the media and I'm sorry but I can't find a single "immodest" photo in the batch. The school district has chosen to impose it's prudish version of "modesty" on a select number of female students and has succeeded only in bringing embarrassment and ridicule on the district and its schools. If I were a parent of one of these singled out students I would be raising a serious stink with district officials and demanding an immediate refund and apology from them.

South Jordan, UT

So in just a short time, the High School has taught all its students that censorship of the press is to be condoned. What does this teach the same students about the rest of the laws of the land? I for I am on the side of the upset students. Only is an LDS town like Heber would this happen. Try doing it in San Fransico or New York, and see what the press would say.

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