A senior at Broadalbin-Perth High School in upstate New York fought the school board to have a gun in her yearbook photo.
Rebekah Rorick was initially denied a request to have a gun in her yearbook photo by the school board at Broadalbin-Perth High School.
The photo, featuring Rorick sitting with her dog and a hunting rifle, was submitted for inclusion in the 2015 yearbook.
A faulty member denied her submission simply because it featured a weapon. Rorick told reporters of her surprise:
And I was like, ‘Why?’ And they are like, ‘Because there’s a gun in it,’ And I’m like, ‘But it’s a hunting rifle. I’m wearing camo. I have my dog with me. I was ready to cry. I didn’t know what I was going to do. The only thing I thought to do was address it.
Accompanied by her father, Michael, Rorick appeared before the school board to appeal the rejection to have a gun in her yearbook photo. Rorick mentioned a senior in 2012 was allowed to have a rifle in his yearbook photo. Her father felt displeased with the faculty member’s decision simply stating, “We are in the foothills of the Adirondacks.”
The school board ruled the photo appropriate, but president Robert Becker understood the board’s hesitation letting the photo appear in the year book. He communicated a feeling of “heightened sensitivity” many have towards guns in schools.
Superintendent Stephen Tomlin told reporters inclusion of the yearbook photo doesn’t violate the district’s policy on weapons.
He told reporters, “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.”