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Student’s yearbook photo rejected because he’s holding a gun

Posted by on Oct. 20, 2017 at 10:52 AM
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Student’s yearbook photo rejected because he’s holding a gun

STANDISH, Maine — A Maine high school student won’t be allowed to use a yearbook photo he submitted because it shows him holding a gun.

The photo shows Bonny Eagle High School senior Wade Gelinas posing with a shotgun, according to WCSH. He says he wanted to include the gun because hunting is a family tradition.

“It’s just my sport. It’s just what I do. I don’t play football. I don’t play basketball. I just hunt,” said Gelinas.

Principal Lori Napolitano says the school’s code of conduct limits students from bringing weapons to school and that administrators don’t want to decide whether the weapon depicted is promoting violence or not.

“Drugs, alcohol, weapons, tobacco are not allowed at school, and you cannot wear clothing that has pictures of weapons on it,” she told the station. “We just want to draw the line at weapons of any kind being in the picture and that way we’re not trying to pass judgment on which ones are promoting violence or which ones aren’t.”

Gelinas plans to submit a different photo but hopes the school will change its policy.

by on Oct. 20, 2017 at 10:52 AM
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PPCLC
by Lisa on Oct. 20, 2017 at 10:55 AM
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Honestly, while I understand his points, the school is correct IMO. 

It's just not appropriate for a senior photo. 

zandhmom2
by Bronze Member on Oct. 20, 2017 at 10:56 AM
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I agree with the school on this. 

LancesMom
by Platinum Member on Oct. 20, 2017 at 10:58 AM
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I think the school is correct also! 

Quoting PPCLC:

Honestly, while I understand his points, the school is correct IMO. 

It's just not appropriate for a senior photo. 


romalove
by Roma on Oct. 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM
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The local high school only allows pics of the kids in graduation gowns.  The pics are uniform.

zandhmom2
by Bronze Member on Oct. 20, 2017 at 11:06 AM
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That's the same for our local schools. Has to be one color for guys and one color for girls and it has to be in their gowns.

Quoting romalove:

The local high school only allows pics of the kids in graduation gowns.  The pics are uniform.


Rhiannon1980
by Bronze Member on Oct. 20, 2017 at 11:07 AM
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I agree with the school and we hunt.
MistyMoo
by Member on Oct. 20, 2017 at 11:12 AM
I agree with the school.
billsfan1104
by Emerald Member on Oct. 20, 2017 at 11:12 AM
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he knows the rules, he shouldnt have submitted it

HoneyedMacabre
by Member on Oct. 20, 2017 at 11:16 AM

I am not a person who wants stricter gun laws and I still agree with the school on this.  I couldn't use a photo of me holding a gun at work, same rules apply to students at school.

Hottmomma607
by NOLA T. on Oct. 20, 2017 at 11:19 AM
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Why would he think this was ok?

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