A few months ago, Western Journalism reported on the controversy that flared after a Nebraska high school gave permission for seniors to use yearbook photos that included guns and suggested their love for shooting.
It was a controversy that intensified when PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — expressed its dismay with the senior portraits displaying firearms and hunting trophies.
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Now comes another controversy over the inclusion in a high school yearbook of a professional portrait of a graduating senior who wanted to show herself out hunting with her rifle and her dog. Only in this latest instance — unlike with the situation in Nebraska — the student was initially told, “no.”
As reported by Mail Online, Rebekah Rorick had to fight to win the right to use the photo in the yearbook of Broadalbin-Perth High School, located in upstate New York.
Rorick…said she wanted to cry when the yearbook committee initially turned down her photo.
She denies that she was trying to be controversial and says she simply wanted to express herself as other students were allowed to do.
Rorick didn’t take “no” for an answer. She and her dad took her case to the Board of Education and argued successfully that the young woman should be allowed to use the controversial senior portrait, shown below.
The school board has a policy against weapons, but Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said he didn’t have an issue with this particular photo of Rorick.
“She is not holding the gun in a malicious manner. She is not pointing it anywhere. It’s to me, in my opinion, a nice photograph of a young lady in the Adirondack region that enjoys hunting.”
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H/T | Photo Credit: Mail Online
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