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Nebraska School Says Yes to Guns in Yearbook Photos

By    |   Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:53 PM

High school students in Nebraska were told this week they can pose with guns in their senior portraits.

Broken Bow Public Schools made this announcement after the question was raised on whether or not guns should appear in the school's yearbook.

"We are a very rural community right in the center of Nebraska where hunting and other shooting sports are very popular," superintendent Mark Sievering said, according to ABC News.

"We have something that is known as the One Box Pheasant Hunt that is a hunt attended by people all over the nation."

Sievering said there are roughly 60-70 high school seniors in the town of Broken Bow, and there's only one high school. He said there wasn't a no-guns policy before, but the school frowned upon having them in photos. After he was questioned about it last year, Sievering and the school board gave it some thought before concluding that firearms were OK.

"I'm confident that students across the country are already taking photos like this. This is not a new thing," Sievering said in the ABC report.

School board members voted on the measure Monday and passed it 6-0, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Matthew Haumont, a school board member who has been involved in shooting sports his whole life, told the World-Herald each photo will be evaluated before being allowed into the yearbook.

"So we're going to have to take these as a case-by-case basis," Haumont said. "But I think that goes with any photo, whether it's a scantily clad girl or something like that."

Haumont said there is a rich hunting culture in the school district.

"For me as a sportsman, I think the policy's important because it allows those kids who are doing those things a chance to demonstrate what they're doing and to celebrate that," Haumont said. "I think that's important and fair in our country."

The new policy, according to KOLN-TV, will not allow students to point guns directly at the camera. "As long as it was done in a tasteful manner in terms of a hunting or sporting type picture that that might be OK," Sievering told the station.

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