Grab your guns – we’re taking school pictures!
Students in a rural Nebraska school district can “tastefully” pose with their firearms in senior portraits used for the yearbook, the Broken Bow school board voted unanimously Monday night.
“The board I believe felt they wanted to give students who are involved in those kinds of things the opportunity to take a senior picture with their hobby, with their sport, just like anybody with any other hobby or sport,” Superintendent Mark Sievering told the Omaha World-Herald.
Parents asked for the change, according to the superintendent, and the board’s 6-0 vote in favor sealed the deal. The rural community of some 3,500 people in central Nebraska, about 65 miles north of Kearney, will maintain its policy of no guns on school grounds.
But the approval of weapons in pictures will likely prove popular in this community, where hunting and competitive shooting is popular. Photos can also include game trophies, like antlers or animals killed.
There’d previously been no policy, but most gun pictures were banned because of concerns over gun violence, the superintendent told the World-Herald. The new policy now requires the poses be “tasteful and appropriate,” and not, for example, be “a photograph of game shot by the student if the animal is in obvious distress,” according to the newspaper. Photos of students aiming or pointing a gun toward the camera will not be used, according to the policy.
About 50 or 60 seniors graduate each year from Broken Bow High School, home of the “Indians.”
“So we’re going to have to take these (photos) as a case-by-case basis,” school board member Matthew Haumont told the daily. “But I think that goes with any photo, whether it’s a scantily clad girl or something like that.”
A school district official checked with districts around the state and found half allowed photos with guns. A Kearney photographer, who photographs about 100 seniors each year, also allows students to bring guns to his studio as long as they are unloaded – though many of the shoots are done outside, Brian Baer told the Omaha paper.
“Some schools enforce rules such as their dress code, (so) whatever goes for the dress code also has to apply to the senior picture that would be published in the school’s annual,” he told the World-Herald. “But I’ve never heard of any limitation as far as guns.”
Courtesy of NY Daily News