Teens outraged over Kansas City high school altering school ID’s

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KANSAS CITY, MO (WDAF) - Some seniors at an all-girls catholic school in Kansas City are outraged after receiving their school ID's.

Students at St. Teresa's Academy say their ID pictures don't look quite like themselves.

FOX's Melissa Stern has the details.

O'Neill says: "Me and all my friends in my advisory, the seniors, we all gathered around and started passing each others around and looking at them and laughing, kind of, just because of how ridiculous they were.

Lily O'Neill, a senior at St. Teresa's Academy says students are issued new ID's following school pictures every year but this year -- all the seniors got new ones halfway through the year, but aren't sure why and got quite a surprise when they saw them.

O'Neill says: "The edits, our faces looked airbrushed kind of; half of my face was slimmed down

According to the school president, they only ordered new ones for students who didn't get them originally and says the company mistakenly re-sent each senior a new one.

O'Neill says: "It was really weird I didn't like how I looked like a totally different person. I definitely think the one that wasn't photoshopped was better.

O'Neill says they all looked fake. Her hair was darker, skin tanner and some girls were really offended by it.

O'Neill says: "They didn't like how their face was touched up and how they were thought to be prettier almost in the new one.

Some parents say this is disturbing, knowing the pressure teenage girls put on themselves to look a certain way:

Elliott says: "It's upsetting, if it upsets them, it upsets the parents."

O'Neill says: "Women are held to the perception that they should look like that because of all the edits that are seen now

The school president says she wasn't aware of the retouching done by the photo company -- DeCloud studios in Overland Park-- and didn't consent to it. She declined to go on camera, but released this statement to FOX 4:

"This was an unfortunate situation where our photography company put our senior ID pictures through an air brushing procedure.  We did not authorize this ... We strive to make our young women feel confident and empowered and a positive body image is so integral to feeling confident."

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