Students, parents upset over yearbook pictures
Frenship High School pulled some students’ pictures from the yearbook because of dress code violations — but upset parents and students say the standards are not consistently used and they were not given notice.
The school said it makes every effort to be consistent with the dress code and tried to contact every student.
Some of the class pictures pulled were of seniors, such as student Drew Burke.
“I’ve been going there since kindergarten, and for them to leave me out as a senior, it’s pretty frustrating,” he said.
Drew’s father, Jent, said the photos were not pulled with consistency.
“The yearbook itself has got at least 20 or 25 kids that have hair at least as long if not longer than my boy’s,” he said.
On Wednesday, the school decided to print an addendum with pictures of the students who were left out. The students have to show up today for retakes. The senior students not pictured in the yearbook will have their retakes in the class composite photo to be hung in the halls of the high school, said Linsae Snider, director of professional development and public relations.
To help things run more smoothly in the future, Snider said the school will explain procedures more clearly.
“We just didn’t have real thorough written procedures. We will next year,” she said.
The reason the pictures were pulled, said Kim Spicer, high school principal, is because the students, mostly male, were in violation of the dress code.
Spicer said she asked Virginia Solomon, the yearbook adviser, to check the pictures to make sure students were following dress code.
“My directive to Ms. Solomon was to make sure the students in the class photos were in dress-code compliance and that if they were not in dress code compliance they needed to be removed from the class picture,” she said.
Spicer said she believes Solomon did what she was asked to do.
“I have had a chance to look at the yearbook, and I think she did a really outstanding, professional job and made every attempt to be consistent,” she said.
Class pictures were taken during registration in August. Spicer said she was told by Solomon that all students were informed they would not be pictured and were given a chance for retakes.
“It is my understanding from our yearbook sponsor that, yes, we attempted to contact every child,” said Spicer.
Spicer also said Solomon tried to get written verification signed by all students.
Snider said of the 25 seniors who were violating dress code, 17 signed the document, 14 of them had retakes and eight seniors have no written verification on file.
The school has written verification on file for 22 freshmen, sophomores and juniors not in the yearbook, but does not know how many had retakes done.
Chase West, a sophomore, said he did not find out his picture was not going to be in the yearbook until after the opportunity to retake.
“I’m just a sophomore. It wasn’t that big of a deal to me … but for the seniors, I feel pretty upset,” he said.
Kristi Gentry, mother of senior Aaron Peters, said her son had a picture taken during retakes because he did not meet dress code during registration. She said they did not find out he was not in the yearbook until they received it.
Brad Salley, father of freshman Taylor Salley, also said he didn’t find out about his son’s picture being left out of the yearbook until he got it.
“There was no contact about the issue at all,” he said.
Some parents said they think the dress code is not consistently enforced throughout the year.
“The problem is they pick a fight each day on little bitty things, but they don’t consistently enforce anything,” said Jent Burke.
Spicer said the school makes an effort to consistently enforce the dress code.
“I have five principals and close to 1,500 kids, and we definitely consistently try and enforce the dress code every day,” she said.
Robyn Phillips, mother of West, said she believes the dress code should be changed.
“The problem isn’t as much the principal as much as the policy,” she said.
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