Colorado Student’s Racy Photo Not Allowed in Yearbook
Warning: This story is rated “R” for Racy.
A Colorado teenager whose yearbook picture was rejected for being too revealing is vowing to fight the ban with her high school’s administration, but the student editors of the yearbook insist the school administration had nothing to do with it. They say it was “their” decision to not allow the photo.
The five student editors of the Durango High School yearbook in Durango, Colorado say they were the ones who made the call to not publish a picture of senior Sydney Spies posing in a short yellow skirt midriff and bare shoulder shawl as her senior portrait.
Student editor Brian Jaramillo says “We are an award-winning yearbook. We don’t want to diminish the quality with something that can be seen as unprofessional.”
Spies says the photo captures true personality, and “They aren’t allowing me to have my freedom of expression.” She also says ”the administration is wrong in this situation, and I don’t want this to happen to other people.”
The student editors say Spies’ blame is misplaced, both in targeting the administration, and believing it’s a dress code issue.
They say they are willing to include the controversial photo somewhere else in the yearbook, but not in the senior class photos section.
The “racy” photo in question can be seen in this link to the story on the ABC News website:
OK, so it’s not a Playboy centerfold. What do you think? Should pictures like this one be allowed in high school yearbooks? Is the traditional cap and gown photo hopelessly out of style?
Update: The young lady and her parents are telling others they intend to hire a lawyer and take legal action against the school.
What a shock.