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Sixth grader gets third eye in school picture

9 Oct 2012, 08:03

Published: 09 Oct 2012 08:03 GMT+02:00

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“First everyone was laughing, Tilde too, because we thought it was funny,” Tilde’s sister Anna told The Local.

“But then we noticed it made her sad and we realized it was actually quite bad that they never noticed the mistake.”

The photo-fixing foul-up was discovered following the distribution two weeks ago of the annual photo album for students at Månesköld school in Lidköping in central Sweden.

According to Tilde, there was nothing unusual at the actual picture-taking session, during which the photographer took several snaps of each class at the school.

But during the processing of the pics, something went wrong, resulting in a third eye placed in the middle of Tilde's forehead.

Speaking with the local Nya Lidköpings-Tidningen (NLT), Tilde explained the obvious mix up left her "a little angry".

The photography company responsible for the catalogue, Skolfoto Norden, had "no good explanation" for the apparent case of wayward digital manipulation took place.

"When we went back and looked at the original picture no one had their eyes closed. There wasn't anything that might need correcting," head of photography David Nabb told The Local.

He explained that when students in school pictures have their eyes closed, the company "in emergency situations" sometimes retouches the images by digitally cutting and pasting an eye from another student in the picture.

Despite being unable to explain how Tilde received a third eye in her school photo, the company nevertheless offered her 1,500 kronor ($225) in cash as compensation for the mistake.

“She will probably just go shopping with the money,” Tilde's sister Anna speculated when asked what her sister might do with the money.

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In addition, Skolfoto Norden plans to send out a corrected version of the catalogue in which hopefully all eyes, arms, and ears will be found in the right place.

"Things like this just can't happen. But in this case it did. It's really embarrassing for us. I'm just happy that Tilde seemed to have taken the whole thing well," said Nabb.

Sanne Schim van der Loeff

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Your comments about this article

09:24 October 9, 2012 by texaslass
First, I cannot even believe this "news" is printed, and includes so much information about this minor age girl.

Second, I knew I "retouching" idea was a bad one!
09:58 October 9, 2012 by johan rebel
Losing an eye is surely a lot worse.
11:27 October 9, 2012 by EP
She'll be quite the looker when she's older, third eye or not ... ;-)
11:31 October 9, 2012 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
This is news because ...?
16:00 October 9, 2012 by foxpur
This is news because many keep their yearbooks as a view of their past. Now and forever a girl will have this "eye" following her life. It's not something that just goes away. Anything someone life can be affected by something that is viewed by by their peers it is called News.

News doesn't just mean people dying, attacks by crazies, it also means unusual things that can affect lives and how they interact taken out of their control. This is limited to unusual events.

I refer to my own Stroke, it was a real nasty one, yet here I am, more or less funtional but not who I was before. Is this life changing? Sure is. Is it unique.. urrr... No, Strokes are way too common. If it were a small commuinity of, say, 5000... then it might get mention in the local news.
06:57 October 10, 2012 by prince T
This would not have happened if they did not retouch. Retouching underage school foto should be made a crime.

On the otherhand it can win her some money. Already the case is alredy out of sweden. Every one know that she does not have 3 eyes, i dont think it will scar her for life. She will otgrow it and make the best out of the terrible situation. She should remember tosend my share of her windfall of money.
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