Sydney Spies, a Colorado teenager who caused a storm with her racy senior pictures, has been told for a third time that the picture she wanted to use in the Durango High School yearbook will not allowed.
Spies believes she is being made a victim of bullying and discrimination and her mother, Miki Spies, said that the family is set to file a complaint with the Durango, Colo., school board and superintendent in the hope that they “acknowledge that there’s been a lot of mishandling of this situation,” writes Katie Kindelan at ABC News.
Spies, 44, told Westword magazine:
“The school has been awful and the kids have been awful. She’s received very little support in any way from anybody. There’s been a ton of cyber-bullying, where people can say whatever they want without looking the person in the eyes. It’s been extremely hurtful for our entire family.”
Spies, 18, has been fighting the yearbook editors – who are students, not staff – at the Durango High school, since they rejected the picture she submitted for her yearbook slot. She protested the decision and met with school officials who explained that the decision was made because the photo violated dress code.
When a second photo was rejected, also for violating dress code, the Spies family says, she submitted a third, “model-type photo” that was rejected as well — this time because she missed the deadline, according to Spies.
Spies wrote on her Facebook page:
“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.
“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 yearbook’s editors previously offered Spies the possibility to include the original photo in the ad pages at the back of the yearbook. This offer has since been revoked.
Miki Spies also commented on the situation on her own Facebook page:
“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.”