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High School Nixes Yearbook Photo Of Student With Gun (NH)

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  1. gunsmith

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    http://www.thewmurchannel.com/news/3759048/detail.html
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    School Says Photo Violates Anti-Violence Policy

    POSTED: 3:12 pm EDT September 24, 2004
    UPDATED: 6:03 pm EDT September 24, 2004

    LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- Londonderry High School nixed a student's request to publish a yearbook photo featuring a gun, saying it violated the school's zero-tolerance policy on violence, drugs and alcohol.
    Londonderry High School allows seniors to submit their own yearbook photos. Photos often show students posing with musical instruments or vehicles.

    School administrators said the photo of senior Blake Douglass holding a trapshooting gun over his shoulder is inappropriate and will not publish it in the yearbook.

    The school's principal, superintendent and Jostens, the yearbook publisher, sided with yearbook adviser Steve Juster's initial decision to reject the photo."Taking into consideration all the things that have happened with school violence, it's not appropriate even though skeet shooting is a fine hobby," said Nathan S. Greenberg, Londonderry's school superintendent.

    Douglass' lawyer, Penny Dean, said the photo is no different from any other student photo in representing an interest or hobby. Dean said she is asking the National Rifle Association and church groups for financial support in case Douglass decides to sue the school.

    A local Jostens representative says it is not unusual to edit students' photos and messages for appropriateness.
     
  2. Darkmind

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    What ever happened to the first amendment?:rolleyes:
     
  3. Desertdog

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    Maybe he can use the 2nd Amendment in his fight.:evil:
     
  4. Moparmike

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    I see him purpetrating no violence in the pics, unless you happen to be a clay pigeon.




    Even as a car nut, I see a 17yr old sitting next to a hot-rod with more "potential" for violence and harm than some kid with an over-under properly carried over his shoulder. :rolleyes:
     
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    Somewhere beyond death's door, George III is laughing himself silly.
     
  6. OF

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    In NH of all places. One of the last states I would think you'd see this kind of BS.

    Sic 'em Penny!

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  7. Mulliga

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    I don't see how holding an O/U, action open, over your shoulder and wearing a trap vest make you a violent school shooter.

    :rolleyes:
     
  8. MP5

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    Maybe he should contact the GOA and ACLU alike. The latter helped defend a kid who wanted to wear his NRA hat or T-shirt to school.

    Great values they teach in schools these days: don't exercise your Constitutional rights or else.

    Most people are so ignorant and scared of guns, they'd wet themselves if they saw a kid with a cap gun. (Are they even allowed to make those anymore?)

    *Remember to vote in the poll on the page linked above!*
     
  9. BeLikeTrey

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    We are losing in the poll!!

    get on and vote folks...
     
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    There is a poll on the link provided about whether you agree or not.

    Nuke it.

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    48\48 on the poll.

    And the funny thing is that my highschool yearbook has a picture of a girl like that in it. She was big time into skeet shooting too. Nobody said a darn thing about then and that was only 12 or13 years ago. Scary how much times have changed.
     
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    How amusing that their state motto is "live free or die?"

    So are they are going to start falling over dead now?

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    I need to hunt down the figures, but I believe that the number of incidents of "school violence" are decreasing, school violence being defined as mass shootings and homicides in which weapons are used. I dont suppose "facts" are much use in a situation like this........:scrutiny:

    Should probably ban pictures of the chess club. it promotes aggression.
     
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    As sports also promote agression, and Competition between students. Also it could promote gambling in small groups.
     
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    I'd propose a picture of a guy with a chainsaw and a blood-red shirt next year.:neener:
     
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    The poll (our Side) is winning although by a slim margin. Be sure to post your concern...;)
     
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    Would they post a similar photo if the student had enlisted and posed in uniform with his weapon?

    Idiots... blinding themselves to what makes America America
     
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    Good guys are now leading poll by 50% to 47%.

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    NRA Backs Student In Yearbook Photo Fight

    http://www.thewmurchannel.com/news/3760792/detail.html

    ACLU May Also Back Boy, Who Wants Gun In His Portrait

    POSTED: 2:37 pm EDT September 25, 2004
    UPDATED: 3:12 pm EDT September 25, 2004

    LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- The National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners of New Hampshire have agreed to support a Londonderry high schooler in a lawsuit, the student's attorney said.

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    Student Fights For Photo's Inclusion





    The student, Londonderry High School senior Blake Douglass, had requested a photo of himself with a shotgun slung over his shoulder be published in the school's yearbook.

    The gun is a type usable for skeet shooting. Penny Dean, Douglass' attorney, has said it's similar to other yearbook photos showing, for example, students with musical instruments or other items demonstrating hobbies. School officials have said a photo with a gun violates their zero-tolerance policies.

    "This is a case of political correctness run amok," said NRA spokeswoman Kelly Hobbs.

    The two gun groups are the only organizations committed to supporting Douglass if the dispute reaches federal court. But Dean said several national groups, including church organizations and possibly the American Civil Liberties Union, would likely back her client.

    She estimated the national groups could contribute about $100,000, and said Douglass would sue if his district doesn't overturn its decision on the photo by Oct. 31.

    But Londonderry is prepared for a protracted legal battle.

    "We have insurance," said Londonderry Superintendent Nathan S. Greenberg. "We believe that the decision that was made was appropriate. I don't have a problem going through the legal process."

    Londonderry School Board Chairman Anne Jacoby agreed.

    "It seems that the wheels have been pretty much set in motion," she said.

    The NRA blamed the district for confusing "the difference between the criminal misuse" of guns and law-abiding citizens' use of them for shooting sports, Hobbs said.

    Greenberg said he and other district administrators recognize sport shooting.

    "Nobody's saying skeet shooting is a bad thing," he said. "But I think it's a question of appropriateness and venue. If you allow this to happen, you open up a whole series of other possibilities, and I think the school has a right to edit a yearbook."

    Hobbs questioned the judgment.

    "The photograph clearly has nothing to do with violence," she said. "In fact, it reflects a deep-rooted American heritage that teaches safety and responsibility."

    The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence, based in Washington, D.C., did not give an overall comment on the lawsuit. But Associate Communications Director Eric Howard said, "if this had been an AK-47 or a Tech-9, that would be a completely different issue."

    The district's late-August nixing of Douglass' yearbook photo is not the first time the school's administrators have disallowed aspects of his hobby on campus. Douglass said assistant principals and teachers took away his gun magazines during a lunch period last year.

    Greenberg said he was unaware of previous incidents.

    But "this is not a case of singling out a student," he said. "Everyone I've talked to has said he's a nice kid. This was simply a decision that was made based on what we thought was appropriate for a senior yearbook."
     
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    For those unfamilar with the geography, NH borders Mass. Due to cost of housing, there has been a population explosion in Southern NH, many from Mass (meaning many Democratic liberals).

    This is why NH is considered a "swing state" for president.
     
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    I am wondering if they have archery and javelin throwing at the school and allow pictures of same in the yearbook.

    If so he should have an even better case against them.
     
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    Is this where our society is going? People are losing all ability to reason and be rational. So-called political-correctness is becoming dogma and is stifling free thought.

    This picture show a smiling kid with a sport shotgun. A truely American image of a good, responsible looking kid, exactly something that should be promoted. If this was my kid I would be outraged at that school.
     
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    Rather than preach to the choir

    http://schools.londonderry.org/lhs/

    Phone (603) 432-6941
    Fax (603) 425-1022
    Principal - James Elefante ext 2200

    Londonderry Town Hall
    50 Nashua Rd
    Londonderry, NH 03053

    Telephone: (603)432-1100

    Town Manager, David Caron: dcaron@londonderry.org

    Town Council http://www.londonderry.org/page.asp?Page_Id=97

    Chairman, Martin Bove martyb213@aol.com
    Vice Chairman, Michael Brown mikebrown@kronos.com
    Tom Dolan katom@aol.com
    Mark Oswlad mkoswald@aol.com
    Brian Farmer farmernh@adelphia.com
     
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    While I think it was a stupid decision, I don't understand why the yearbook staff shouldn't have the right to decide the content of their yearbook.
     
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