January 9, 2012
Sydney Spies, a high school senior from Durango, Colo., was denied inclusion in her class' yearbook after its editors rejected both of the photos she submitted.
Their justification for that? The pics were just too racy!
The 18-year-old wore a short yellow skirt, showing off her stomach in one of the shots. Not exactly Courtney Stodden levels, but not standard yearbook fare.
Still, Spies' story captured the attention of news outlets everywhere. "I really honestly think that it describes who I am," Spies explained to Today's Matt Lauer.
"I'm an outgoing person and I really do think it's artistic. Like I said, people have their sports pictures, pictures with their horses or guitars. That's my interest."
Spies said she was surprised her peers rejected the photos, as she said they agreed to it in the first place by a 4-1 vote before the principal urged them not to.
"The next day their whole decision changed completely against me,” said Spies, who was offered an advertising spot in the book - for a standard $300 fee.
She bristled at that consolation: "If it's going to be in the yearbook anyway, why should I not be able to have it as my senior picture? I don't understand."
Spies says she may take the school to court over this.
"I don't know if i want to go that far with it," she said. "But it's illegal for the administration to get involved. So that's why we have considered that option."
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