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HS Senior’s Photo Gets Banned From Yearbook Because Guns Are Bad or Something

HS Senior’s Photo Gets Banned From Yearbook Because Guns Are Bad or Something

Jack Davis | Western Journalism

Joshua Renville didn’t get the photo he wanted in his high school yearbook after it was banned by the school. But he still will get his photo published and has found a way to make his point without compromising his principles.

In December, North High School in Fargo, North Dakota, rejected Renville’s picture because it showed him holding an AR-15 rifle. The picture also showed Renville wearing a sleeveless flag-themed shirt, standing by an American flag. The new version looks much the same as the old one with one exception: The photo has been digitally altered to remove the gun and substitute a bald eagle.

North Principal Andy Dahlen, who rejected the initial photo, confirmed Joshua submitted a new photo, and that it has been accepted.

When Joshua’s initial picture was rejected, Charlie Renville, Joshua’s father, had taken to Facebook to rail against the decision and the school official who made it.

“(Principal) Dahlen just doesn’t like rifles, he doesn’t believe in or support the second Amendment. He is a far left progressive who is using his position to promote his political agenda and push it on our children,” Renville wrote then.

“Andy, it’s a picture. No different then the pictures in the school library of soldiers during any one of our nation’s wars. Or what about hunting books? Do those pictures … violate federal law, too? And what about schools in the surrounding area that have Trap and Skeet teams, do those kids and their pictures break the law? How about their Letterman jackets with little rifles on them, does that break the law?,” Renvile posted.

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