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School photo editing scandal shocks parents

Families are furious after finding out 50+ female students' school photos were censored in the school yearbook.

There has been public outcry this week following the news that US-based Bartram Trail High School had more than 80 photos edited to hide cleavage and cover shoulders. Consent was not obtained for the edits, according to reports, and no photos of boys were edited. 

The school has defended its actions, claiming that only dress code violations were edited, but they are receiving backlash from families for trying to uphold old-fashioned, sexist rules. The school has said it is offering refunds to parents calling in to complain about the issue. 

It’s not the first time that perceived dress code violations have been criticised by the public. Aranmore Catholic College (ACC) in Leederville (Perth) was called out by the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism for allegedly removing a Hindu teenager from the school because she was wearing a nose stud. 

Here in Australia, schools are being called upon to overhaul sexuality and consent education. Last month, three Australian school sectors responsible for a collective 3000+ schools, published an open statement of intent to strengthen education around consent.

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