Two students, Rudolpho Tribulio and Anna Carmicheal, told KRDO-TV Colorado that their yearbook adviser informed them that a photo of a lesbian couple holding hands could not be on a page they were creating about high school relationships.
District spokeswoman Devra Ashby said the photo was one of three rejected for violating a policy against “excessive displays of public affection.” She says the yearbook is replacing the relationship page with a diversity page.
Back in January, 18-year-old Sydney Spies of Colorado posed for her year book photo in a short skirt and revealing top. It was taken by a professional photographer and submitted it to the yearbook with her mother’s approval. She later submitted a second photo which was rejected as well.
There are public schools that now have dress codes, in effect censoring students choice of attire. Some of this seems be necessary due to the many clothing items that are representative of gang signs.
Censoring what students wore daily to school was once something that we only heard about in private school.
Should schools make it a practice of censoring school photos simply because a couple is holding hands. I mean so what they are holding hands! There are plenty of people that hold hands with someone in a simple display of affection that is not sexual in nature.
So is it holding hands that the school was ruling on when censoring student photos or is there an underlying message that the school is sending, in effect, taking issue with homosexuality.
As for the girl is Colorado, her photo was tastefully done albeit a bit sexy.
Rather than having a board that is “God-like” in censoring school photos at will, perhaps it would be ore effective if schools updated some of their very outdated policies so that there are clear guidelines and make sure that students are aware of them beforehand.
News Source: KRDO.com