​School Airbrushes Freckles, Pimples & Other 'Imperfections' Out of Students' Class Photos

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Students at Daylesford Secondary School in Australia were outraged recently when they discovered that administrators had altered their school photos: Not only were piercings removed, but acne, freckles, unibrows and even noses were "fixed."

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The school has since issued an apology and offered families their original photos for free. But the damage is already done. These alterations said loud and clear: Ugh, your face needs some upgrades. Way to give kids a complex!

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All I can say is if my school "fixed" my daughter's nose -- particularly without my permission -- I'd hit the roof. Because every mom thinks their kids are beautiful -- big nose, zits, unibrow and all! So, this school is not only violating a kid's self-image, but marring parents' perspectives on their kids as perfect just the way they are.

In fact, even if my daughter had a huge honking zit on picture day, I wouldn't want that removed either, and here's why: Kids get zits. It's a part of life! So by airbrushing out these flaws we subtly suggest that these imperfecions are not normal when they totally are. They're kids!

My first-grade photo shows me with a huge sty on my eye, and they definitely didn't fix that. And oddly, when I look at that photo today it seems sweet and funny and REAL. Kids aren't perfect, not by a long shot. So let's not start pretending they are.

How would you feel if your school "fixed" photos of your kids?

 

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