Sydney Spies, the Durango High student who turned heads last month when her racy senior photo was rejected by her yearbook editors, has been rejected a third time. Her school ID picture will be used instead.
The yearbook adviser and editors have decided to use my school ID picture as my senior photo. Since I went to NY, then had the flu they said I was too late to submit another Sr. picture, Spies wrote on her Facebook page, as reported by ABC News. They ALSO decided that I couldn't use the 'controversial' picture in my ad anymore that I had already paid for, so I requested my money back. I also dropped my yearbook class because its become a hostile environment. What a lovely Sr. year this has turned out to be...
The teen first submitted a sexy photo of herself wearing a short yellow skirt and black shawl covering her upper body. Her tummy and shoulders were exposed. The yearbook team banned the photo because they said it violated the dress code.
Spies, 18, and her mother protested the decision and had a meeting with administrators. She also threatened a lawsuit and blamed administrators for the photo ban. However, the yearbook's five student editors have said that they made the decision to do away with the racy photo all on their own.
We are an award-winning yearbook, Brian Jaramillo, a student told the Durango Herald when the incident happened. We don't want to diminish the quality with something that can be seen as unprofessional.
Spies then submitted another photo of her posing in a strapless black dress, Westword reported. But that photo was also shot down.
Miki Spies, mother of teen, told the Web site that, The editors said they wanted to maintain their award-winning status, and they felt it wasn't professional.
Since the third photo wasn't accepted because Sydney Spies missed the deadline, Miki Spies has taken to her Facebook page to speak out.
I'm thinking about what a lousy job that yearbook advisor does. Tammy Shriner has handled this whole thing SO poorly. They have changed 'the rules' over there 5 or 6 times now, her Feb. 6 post read. They have left Sydney with absolutely no options. Shriner and the editors have been awful towards Sydney, she dropped the yearbook class because they have been so hostile and cruel toward her (practically the entire school too) Mad! And feel like we have no options. What a horrible Senior year this has been for my baby.
Prior to that post, a Jan. 18 post read: This whole yearbook photo has me thinking again. A lot of people are questioning my parenting skills. My kids tell me everything and I try to guide them as best as I can. But in the end I allow them to make their own decisions resulting in their own successes or failures. I don't see what resulted with all of this as a failure at all. Sydney has had the world see her photo. In my opinion the fact that she would love to be a famous model someday shows that she made a pretty interesting decision! No matter how all of this turns out my daughter made her own choice and is ready to make her own way. I cheer from the sidelines Go take that world baby girl, you can achieve any greatness you desire!
Miki Spies has received both encouragement on criticisms for her parenting style. She has also said the family is being bullied on Facebook for speaking about how they feel.
On Feb. 6, the mom posted a message stating, Another Bully Another Day: From (name deleted) via FB message 12:57 today: I just happened across your post that u copied from Bailey.....after seeing What a spectical you made of Durango and your daughter....u deserve to be defriended from Durango.....little girls should not take off their clothes for the world to see, Also their mom Should not be encourging her, terrible. Thank-you for making the town i love and call my childhood home know for slutty underage girls...f----n perfect. Your posts sound like you are retarded.... Durango does not want you around...you and your Lil girl Should go back from where you came from, iam sure when you saw how much sh-t the cast of the follies was talking about your stupid family you felt so proud
See photos of Sydney Spies at the upper left of this article.
Laura is a U.S. politics reporter for the International Business Times. She was always fascinated by the BBC World News each morning on the radio in Jamaica. That, and a love...