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Old 11-16-2004, 03:53 AM   #21
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N.H. student sues high school in effort to pose with gun in yearbook photo

By Beverley Wang, Associated Press Writer November 16, 2004

CONCORD, N.H. -- Where other students might pose for their senior yearbook photo with tennis rackets or favorite cars, Blake Douglass wants to be seen with his shotgun.

The 17-year-old senior filed a federal lawsuit to force Londonderry High School to allow the photo and give up the policy school officials used to reject it.

"What they're doing is basically discriminating based on content or message," said Penny Dean, Douglass' lawyer and a specialist in gun cases. "You can't do that. You might want to but you can't -- and especially you can't with a broad policy like this."

"We want the picture in the yearbook," said Dean said after filing the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court.

The lawsuit seeks a temporary injunction so the picture can appear in the yearbook and a permanent injunction against the "pick-and-choose policy" of what photographs are published, Dean said.

The lawsuit names the Londonderry school board members, high school principal, school superintendent, town manager and school officials involved in the production of the yearbook.
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The lawsuit seeks a temporary injunction so the picture can appear in the yearbook and a permanent injunction against the "pick-and-choose policy" of what photographs are published, Dean said.
It should be an all-or-nothing policy.
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Thanks for posting the article back up, as the link no longer works. Isn't it illegal for a 17 year old to have a gun? Even if it isn't, I think the kid clearly crossed a fine line. He probably wants to be feared in his school for whatever reason.
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Let me preface this by saying I am a Republican. Probably the main reason why I am a Republican is the 2nd Amendment rights they protect more than Democrats. I own a high powered deer rifle and a 12 gauge shotgun for responsible hunting. I love hunting in so many ways. I am sure I stand alone on this issue even among some of my fellow conservatives in FYM. That debate is for another day. That being said, here are my $.02 on this issue.

I too am torn between this one. I think this student should be allowed to pose for his senior picture with his skeet shoot gun even if it isn't a school activity mainly because this is his hobby. This is what defines his high school years in his eyes. This is his extra curricular activity. On the other hand, ultimately the School Board is the Editor-in-Chief of the school paper or yearbook and has the right to say what gets published and what doesn't. I understand there has been a compromise on the school board's part by allowing the picture to be in a "community sports" section.

Is it the gun that scares people or the violence its user possesses? I am sure this kid is a great kid. Why is this any different than someone posing with their dog? Or their sports car that is their pride and joy? What if he was posing with his bow and arrows? Or a slingshot? I understand the school doesn't want to give a threatening presence, but why then would they allow the picture to placed in a "sports community" section? Back when I was in high school, we had guys posing with their Rodeo gear. There even was one guy who posed in one of those clown wigs. If anything this photo is promoting responsible gun ownership. Society does a great job of painting this horrible picture of guns as a whole, but cannot do the same when something positive comes up about them.
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Is it the gun that scares people or the violence its user possesses? I am sure this kid is a great kid. Why is this any different than someone posing with their dog? Or their sports car that is their pride and joy? What if he was posing with his bow and arrows? Or a slingshot? I understand the school doesn't want to give a threatening presence, but why then would they allow the picture to placed in a "sports community" section? Back when I was in high school, we had guys posing with their Rodeo gear. There even was one guy who posed in one of those clown wigs. If anything this photo is promoting responsible gun ownership. Society does a great job of painting this horrible picture of guns as a whole, but cannot do the same when something positive comes up about them.
Like I said, they need an absolute rule. B/c the way I see it, football, restling, and hockey are WAY more violent than skeet shooting, lol, but I don't are if those kids get pictures in their sports equipment. And a kid posing with his dog....what if his dog is a gun dog? That's hunting too, same diff. But it's ok b/c it's the cute little puppy wuppy and not the actual shot gun right? Or kids that pose on their bikes...I bet more people get injured on motorcycles than skeet shooting accidents......
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The kid is probably ruining it (the whole yearbook picture thing) for everyone else in the long run unless they allow him to pose with his gun...

But he has a point.
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