Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Gun Picture Banned From Yearbook

Interesting case of Freedom of speech Vs. Gun control in schools. The guidlines for submitting pictures in this schools yearbook seem to clearly state this type of picture would be acceptable. The fact of the matter is, Sporting guns are legal & this kid just wants his "passion" to be recognized years later when he looks back in his yearbook. Interesting debate.

LONDONDERRY, New Hampshire (AP) -- The school board has voted to ban a photo of a student from the senior section of his high school yearbook because he is posed with a shotgun.
But Tuesday's unanimous vote also backed a compromise: Blake Douglass can have the photo published in a "community sports" section, and a new photo -- without the gun but featuring other elements of skeet and trap shooting -- can appear in the seniors' section of the Londonderry High School yearbook.
I don't see anything wrong with the picture," Douglass, 17 said at the hearing. "I just want my senior picture in the yearbook."
Penny Dean, Douglass' lawyer, said she intends to file a complaint in U.S. District Court, and said the National Rifle Association will pay for the court case.
Dean cited a statement on student publications in the board's policy manual: "We encourage the use of school sponsored publications to express students' points of view. They shall be free from all policy restrictions outside the normal rules for responsible journalism."