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Durango High School Senior's Photo Yanked From Yearbook For Controversial Attire

Posted by on Jan. 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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Do you agree or disagree and why do you feel that way?

A Durango High School senior had her yearbook portrait yanked and says that school administrators told her the photo violated school dress code.

The debated photo shows 18-year-old Sydney Spies wearing a black shawl and yellow skirt with plenty of skin in between.

However Spies is arguing that she was just trying to exercise her right to freedom of expression.

"Some people might think it's a little bit sexy or inappropriate. But I think it's artistic. I think it's a good expression of who I am as a person," Spies told 9News. "I'm a dancer, I'm trying to be a model, I really enjoy photography and I think that this is a good thing to represent me and I think they are taking away my freedom of expression."

After turning in her photo for publication, Spies says she was told she needed to make a different selection even though, she says, the yearbook editors had already voted 4-1 to allow it. The editors however told the Durango Herald on Thursday that in fact they decided, and not the administration nor their overseeing advisor, to revoke Spies photo.

According to the Student Press Law Center, Colorado's revised statute section 22-1-120 lays out specific free speech and press protections to public school publications "written substantially by students" but also contains a provision "making it the adviser's responsibility to supervise production and 'maintain professional standards.'"

Sydney Spies's mother, Miki Spies said on Facebook:

I wanted my daughter to chose a different photo but she is 18 and doesn't always listen! I knew this would be hard and it's proving to be.

On Wednesday, Spies, some of her peers, and her mother were protesting the decision with signs in front of her high school. The family is also reportedly seeking out a Denver civil lawyer to review the case, while Miki Spies is hinting they may be getting the ACLU involved.


Spies


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/05/sydney-spies-durango-high_n_1188721.html

by on Jan. 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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itsblissmas
by on Jan. 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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Personally, I agree with the school 100%. There is a dress code for a reason and I believe all students need to be held to those standards. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want, regardless of the rules.

ashleywagoner
by on Jan. 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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I agree. Its senior pics not a Victoria secret photo shoot.


Quoting itsblissmas:

Personally, I agree with the school 100%. There is a dress code for a reason and I believe all students need to be held to those standards. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want, regardless of the rules.


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tiffstud
by on Jan. 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM
I really don't know. My school had a very strict dress code. No tank tops, shorts or skirts had to come to 2 inches above the knee, no cleavage, all that stuff. But for our senior pics we could wear whatever we wanted. Some girls showed cleavage, some had short skirts, I had a spegitti strap shirt, showing midriff and a short skirt. But that was allowed at my school. Only for senior pics. If her school has a rule against it then she is no different and should follow that rule.
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jltplk25
by Gold Member on Jan. 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM
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Love the duck lips. Gaw this doesn't belong in a yearbook unless it's for potential porn stars.
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mich.el.le
by on Jan. 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM

 Wow.  I wouldn't let my daughter out of the house dressed like that, 18 or not!!!  I think the school was totally right.

USAFamily
by on Jan. 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

 I was JUST getting ready to post this! We didn't have yearbook pics like this when I was a kid... and her MOM is protesting?? WTH-- that's mom of the year for ya!

Here is a full pic---

Sydney Spies

jltplk25
by Gold Member on Jan. 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM
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*in sexy voice*
"oh hi. I didn't see you there. I'm just on my to my first casting call. There's a couch and the director said there'd be a couple girls there too. I'm not sure why he has a video camera set up in the corner though..."

;-)


Quoting USAFamily:

 I was JUST getting ready to post this! We didn't have yearbook pics like this when I was a kid... and her MOM is protesting?? WTH-- that's mom of the year for ya!


Here is a full pic---




Sydney Spies



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3brown1blue
by on Jan. 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM
Sure she's beautiful but nooo. I'd never let my daughter out in that!!! Even if she's 18. She'd still be in high school and that's a no no no.
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splatz
by Sarah on Jan. 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM
The full image makes it about a zillion times worse.

Not to mention that pose looks like it belongs on a porn dvd cover. Could she push her ass out any more?


Quoting USAFamily:

 I was JUST getting ready to post this! We didn't have yearbook pics like this when I was a kid... and her MOM is protesting?? WTH-- that's mom of the year for ya!


Here is a full pic---




Sydney Spies


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splatz
by Sarah on Jan. 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM
I just showed SO this and then the full picture. I started to ask him if he would think it was ok for our dd to wear something like this. I got to "would you be ok with Kaitlyn" before he said no about a hundred times, lol. What parent would allow this?!
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