A senior yearbook is supposed to be a memory that lasts a lifetime, but for one student in Montgomery County, Arkansas, that may not be the case, our affiliate KATV reported.
Misty Beggs says her son Garret's head was photoshopped onto another student’s body for use in Mt. Ida's high school yearbook after the senior missed picture day. The family called Channel 7 after they said the district refused to fix it.
“I talked to my superintendent, the school board and everyone says this is the way it’s going to be,” said Beggs.
Beggs says her son was showing his prize winning cattle on the dates his senior pictures were scheduled, dates Beggs says they were never properly notified about to begin with until it was too late.
“She had chosen to photoshop my child’s head onto another student’s body, who already had their senior picture made. I don’t understand how it can be done without my permission,” said Beggs.
According to the upset mother, Mt. Ida School District explained that the family missed the deadline for turning in professional senior portraits.
"We received a text from the superintendent that this was the way it was going to be, the cap and gown is done, no questions. We were told that you made this choice - either show your livestock or get your senior picture. I don’t think it was fair for them to ask him to do that,” said Beggs.
KATV spoke with the district’s superintendent, Tom Wilson, over the phone about the altered photo. He said “deadlines are deadlines and we did what we could.”
Mt. Ida High School has an attendance of less than 300 students, and this year, U.S. News and World Report recognized the school as one of the best high schools in the country.