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School decides to cover girls' chests by altering yearbook photos, St. Johns County students, parents angry

A 9th-grade student was wearing an outfit that the school told her met the dress code requirements, yet the school decided to edit the photo for the yearbook.

ST JOHNS, Fla. — Some St. Johns County parents with kids at Bartram Trail High School are outraged after receiving their child's yearbook and seeing their child's photo had been edited without permission.

The photos below are just one example. Riley O'Keefe was wearing an outfit that the school told her met the dress code requirements, yet the school decided to edit the photo that appeared in the yearbook to cover up part of the student's body.  O'Keefe told First Coast News she believes there's a double standard and pointed out members of the boys swim team were in the yearbook wearing speedos.

"It doesn't make any sense that they looked at that and was like, 'This is okay, but this is not,'" she said.

Her mother says she was never contacted about a re-take.

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Bartram Trail High School chose to edit dozens of girls' photos for the school yearbook, despite the girls saying their outfits met dress code requirements.

"Yesterday she happened to be wearing the shirt again so after school, we went up to the school and asked if she was in dress code and they said yes. So, my next question was if the shirt is in dress code and is good enough for school and your school ID, why is it not enough for the yearbook?" Stephanie Fabre said.

It's a small detail, but students and parents say it's part of a larger dress code controversy in the county that disproportionately targets female students. Dozens of parents are reporting the same issue, and say this is sexualizing young girls.

Yvette Ballard daughter's picture was also altered and says students are harassing her by sharing the picture on Snapchat. 

"They are getting all this backlash on the children and they had nothing to do with it. So, now you've made them even more of a target," Ballard told First Coast News. 

The school district said the school is offering refunds to any parent who calls about the issue.

We will continue to update this developing story.

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