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Jan 27, 2016 1:55 PM

Controversy erupts over restrictions to senior photos for Manchester's Memorial High yearbook

MANCHESTER - Plans to grant an exclusive contract to one photographer for the 2017 senior photos for the Memorial High School yearbook are causing controversy.

The school sent a memo to parents of juniors saying the photographer has not been chosen but that they want consistency in lighting and photo quality for the "senior section" photos.

"This year we have received selfies and other unusual photo types that cannot be used," the memo to parents reads.

But opponents of the plan have launched a petition objecting to this plan, saying it hurts other businesses involved in photographing graduating seniors.

The petition as of Wednesday afternoon had about 185 signatures

"Requiring students to go to a specific photographer limits their options and hurts other photographers' business," the petition reads.

Several people who commented on the petition page say the school has no right to force students to use a designated for-profit business.

"Parents should not be coerced in to using who the school deems appropriate for this job," one Manchester woman, Leah Hall, wrote.

The memo to parents says the senior photos for the yearbook will be taken free of charge.

"This will be a requirement of the bid in order to maintain quality from photo to photo and to allow those who cannot afford photographs to still be inserted in the yearbook for free," the memo reads.

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