It seems that what’s good for the goose isn’t necessarily good for the gander at Wasatch High School in Wasatch, Utah.
The school has recently been in the media for allegedly altering yearbook photos of female students to make them appear more modest. The unsolicited Photoshop editing angered many students and their families, receiving national attention.
While school officials have since apologized for the inconsistency of the retouching if not the editing itself, one thing remains confusing: the school’s previous yearbook includes a page of photos featuring topless male students.
According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, the spread was featured under the header “Wasatch Stud Life,” along with the explanatory sub-head, “Studs doin’ what studs do best!” The photo montage shows several pictures of male students cavorting bare-chested, showing their boxer shorts, and exposing their tattoos, mugging for the camera.
The hypocrisy was first brought to light by a female student whose yearbook photo was altered to cover her tattoo. One that, according to her, didn’t even violate the dress code Wasatch High officials maintain they were trying to uphold.
A statement released by the school said that students were clearly warned during the yearbook photo session that changes would be made if the code was not adhered to. School officials said a sign was posted which warned, "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.”
That still doesn’t explain why it was allowed on the previous year’s “Stud Life” page, or why the code, which was written in 2002, was being enforced so strictly this year. The school’s statement went on to say that staff were “reevaluating their processes” of how yearbook photos are taken and used, hopefully to avoid this kind of hypocrisy in the future.
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Source: Salt Lake City Tribune