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

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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.


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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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jltplk25
by Gold Member on Jan. 7, 2012 at 5:59 PM
Bye.


Quoting PinkParadox:

You said she looked like a porn star.  A porn star is someone that gets paid for sex, hence whore.  Whether it's appropriate for the yearbook...and her looking like a porn star...are indeed two different topics.  Is it appropriate for the yearbook?  No.  I already said that.  

Stopping by your profile is not stalking.  That's what profiles are for.

I'm done with the debate.

Quoting jltplk25:

Your words, not mine. I never said whore. Not every woman standing or dressed like that is trying to get their picture into a yearbook. This kid is. Had this been posted as something entirely different my opinion might have been as well. The whole context is why I said what I said.





Lol. Aww you're stalking me now. I guess there's a first for everything.





Quoting PinkParadox:

So any woman that show some skin and stands in a provocative pose is a whore.  Well...how very moral of you.  Good for you.  If you're going to take such a moral stand, perhaps you should change the background of your profile...cause it makes you look quite the hypocrite.

Quoting jltplk25:

No, not really that much of a leap.








Quoting PinkParadox:

It is provocative...it is a sexy pose...yes.  It's a bit of a leap to automatically say porn star.  At 18 she's old enough to explore and express her sexuality.  That does not automatically make her a porn star or in other words a whore.  

Quoting jltplk25:

Lol. Um... The full on picture does make an impression of something of a porn star. I'm sure that wasn't her intention though.











Quoting PinkParadox:

For the record...she does not look like a damn porn start!  Come on people...get real.  Is it inappropriate for highschool..yes.  Is it over the top for an adult...no.  Also...parents don't allow anything to their adult children.  When your child is considered a legal adult, they're going to do what they want.  You're a lot better off if you realize that now.














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PinkParadox
by on Jan. 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

What is the definition of a porn star?  Someone that has sex for money.  What is the definition of whore?  Someone that has sex for money.  Or did you mean something else by porn star?

Quoting splatz:

Who said she was a whore?

Quoting PinkParadox:

You didn't see my first reply.  I already said that it is inappropriate for high school...rules are rules.  This was a separate point discussing the fact that this picture does not make her a porn star or a whore.  

Quoting splatz:

She can express her sexuality all she wants. But in a school setting its not appropriate. I don't care if she is over 18 or not.



Quoting PinkParadox:

It is provocative...it is a sexy pose...yes.  It's a bit of a leap to automatically say porn star.  At 18 she's old enough to explore and express her sexuality.  That does not automatically make her a porn star or in other words a whore.  

Quoting jltplk25:

Lol. Um... The full on picture does make an impression of something of a porn star. I'm sure that wasn't her intention though.








Quoting PinkParadox:

For the record...she does not look like a damn porn start!  Come on people...get real.  Is it inappropriate for highschool..yes.  Is it over the top for an adult...no.  Also...parents don't allow anything to their adult children.  When your child is considered a legal adult, they're going to do what they want.  You're a lot better off if you realize that now.







goddess99
by Michelle on Jan. 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Oh IDK.. I kinda think if you wouldn't wear it to school then it shouldn't be your yearbook pic. But then having said that - my yearbook pic was something I wouldn't have worn to school....

Francine24
by on Jan. 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM

This

Quoting jltplk25:

Love the duck lips. Gaw this doesn't belong in a yearbook unless it's for potential porn stars.


USAFamily
by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 1:25 AM
She really isn't all that pretty. There have been pics released now of her fb and....she just looks 12. This is an obvious attempt for this girl to get inappropriate attn. She very well could be a porn star- she seems pretty open to whoring her body out to the public, kwim?

Quoting 3brown1blue:

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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USAFamily
by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 1:26 AM
You have a fan! How exciting :)

Quoting jltplk25:

Bye.




Quoting PinkParadox:

You said she looked like a porn star.  A porn star is someone that gets paid for sex, hence whore.  Whether it's appropriate for the yearbook...and her looking like a porn star...are indeed two different topics.  Is it appropriate for the yearbook?  No.  I already said that.  

Stopping by your profile is not stalking.  That's what profiles are for.

I'm done with the debate.

Quoting jltplk25:

Your words, not mine. I never said whore. Not every woman standing or dressed like that is trying to get their picture into a yearbook. This kid is. Had this been posted as something entirely different my opinion might have been as well. The whole context is why I said what I said.








Lol. Aww you're stalking me now. I guess there's a first for everything.








Quoting PinkParadox:

So any woman that show some skin and stands in a provocative pose is a whore.  Well...how very moral of you.  Good for you.  If you're going to take such a moral stand, perhaps you should change the background of your profile...cause it makes you look quite the hypocrite.

Quoting jltplk25:

No, not really that much of a leap.











Quoting PinkParadox:

It is provocative...it is a sexy pose...yes.  It's a bit of a leap to automatically say porn star.  At 18 she's old enough to explore and express her sexuality.  That does not automatically make her a porn star or in other words a whore.  

Quoting jltplk25:

Lol. Um... The full on picture does make an impression of something of a porn star. I'm sure that wasn't her intention though.














Quoting PinkParadox:

For the record...she does not look like a damn porn start!  Come on people...get real.  Is it inappropriate for highschool..yes.  Is it over the top for an adult...no.  Also...parents don't allow anything to their adult children.  When your child is considered a legal adult, they're going to do what they want.  You're a lot better off if you realize that now.

















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3brown1blue
by Silver Member on Jan. 8, 2012 at 1:39 AM
There's one picture where she's sitting in a bed of flowers in another black top that's much more appropriate that look nice for her picture.
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Bizmom
by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 5:43 AM

 As bad as some of these schools are, this one I would have to agree on! I think this is just a little to much for a senior school picture. 

                                                                                          Bizmom

jltplk25
by Gold Member on Jan. 8, 2012 at 8:53 AM
Lol. Yep! ;)


Quoting USAFamily:

You have a fan! How exciting :)



Quoting jltplk25:

Bye.






Quoting PinkParadox:

You said she looked like a porn star.  A porn star is someone that gets paid for sex, hence whore.  Whether it's appropriate for the yearbook...and her looking like a porn star...are indeed two different topics.  Is it appropriate for the yearbook?  No.  I already said that.  

Stopping by your profile is not stalking.  That's what profiles are for.

I'm done with the debate.

Quoting jltplk25:

Your words, not mine. I never said whore. Not every woman standing or dressed like that is trying to get their picture into a yearbook. This kid is. Had this been posted as something entirely different my opinion might have been as well. The whole context is why I said what I said.











Lol. Aww you're stalking me now. I guess there's a first for everything.











Quoting PinkParadox:

So any woman that show some skin and stands in a provocative pose is a whore.  Well...how very moral of you.  Good for you.  If you're going to take such a moral stand, perhaps you should change the background of your profile...cause it makes you look quite the hypocrite.

Quoting jltplk25:

No, not really that much of a leap.














Quoting PinkParadox:

It is provocative...it is a sexy pose...yes.  It's a bit of a leap to automatically say porn star.  At 18 she's old enough to explore and express her sexuality.  That does not automatically make her a porn star or in other words a whore.  

Quoting jltplk25:

Lol. Um... The full on picture does make an impression of something of a porn star. I'm sure that wasn't her intention though.

















Quoting PinkParadox:

For the record...she does not look like a damn porn start!  Come on people...get real.  Is it inappropriate for highschool..yes.  Is it over the top for an adult...no.  Also...parents don't allow anything to their adult children.  When your child is considered a legal adult, they're going to do what they want.  You're a lot better off if you realize that now.





















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