A New Hampshire boy is threatening to sue his high school because administrators rejected his yearbook photo, which shows the senior with a shotgun over his shoulder. His hobby is shooting trap and skeet.

School Superintendent Nate Greenberg said the photo submitted by (Blake) Douglass is inappropriate given the epidemic of school violence that has swept the nation in recent years.

. . . Douglass said, however, that a school policy that allows students to select their own yearbook photos does not allow administrators to take away that freedom whenever they wish.

And he’s hired a lawyer to help prove it – even if he has to go to federal court.

I don’t think the photo is likely to inspire violence, but surely administrators can censor inappropriate yearbook photos. Just imagine what students would submit otherwise.

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  1. Except that this photo is not objectionable or inappropriate. Many states have express constitutional provision dealing with the right to armed self-defense; sometimes a “right to hunt” is similiarly protected. Where these rights are not spelled out in a constitution, they are recognized by statute, precedent, and community prescription.

    Public Schools should be transmitting, not transforming civil society’s institutions, or are we so hell-bent on dissolution that we looking around, like Mort Sahl, for any groups we haven’t offended yet.

  2. Mr. Kerry is having the same problem.
    “My favorite gun is the M-16 that saved my life and that of my crew in Vietnam,” Mr. Kerry told the magazine. “I don’t own one of those now, but one of my reminders of my service is a Communist Chinese assault rifle.”

  3. Bluemount wrote:

    Mr. Kerry is having the same problem.

    Not quite. If Senator Kerry really is the owner of a Communist Chinese assault rifle then he’d better have the appropriate tax stamp and paperwork. Otherwise he’s just admitted to a federal firearms felony.

  4. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Administraters need to pick their fights. That said, I am deeply offended that someone lacks the ability to differentiate between violent criminal acts and legitimate practices. Or perhaps anything that might be used to commit an assault should not be depicted? There’s a can of worms.

  5. Richard Brandshaft says:

    The September/October issue of “Woman & Guns” has an article on a high school girls’ trap shooting team. A similar story by the same author (I haven’t compared the two) is on line at

  6. The word “epidemic” is a bit over the top. Education in this country is run by women and girly men that operate from the visceral, not the cerebral.

  7. Allen: My understanding is that, along with Chinese clones of the AK-47 (full-auto and therefore heavily regulated and taxed in the US ever since 1934), there were also large numbers of semi-auto SKS clones captured in Vietnam. It was pretty easy to get permission to take an SKS home with you, so that is probably what Kerry has.

    Of course, the recently-expired “Assault Weapon” Ban wouldn’t apply to Kerry’s SKS, since he owned it long before the ban was enacted. Since he voted for the AWB, and broke from campaigning to vote for an amendment renewing the ban just a few weeks ago, I have to think that he just doesn’t want other Americans to get their hands on such weapons…

  8. Just taking the man at his word. If he says “assault rifle” then I’m willing to believe he understands what that means and that it is an assault rifle not the mythical assault weapon.

    If it’s an assault rifle then, by definition, it is select-fire and thus comes under the regulation defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934.


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