Principal rejects student yearbook portrait with rifle because it’s ‘illegal’ Click to Tweet


FARGO, N.D. – A North Dakota father is calling for the resignation of his son’s high school principal after the “far left progressive” banned the senior’s yearbook photo because he claims it’s “illegal.”

Fargo North High School Principal Andy Dahlen told the Fargo Forum he rejected 17-yar-old Josh Renville’s senior portrait for the school’s yearbook because it violated three school policies that do not specifically pertain to the yearbook.

According to the site:

One bans the carrying of weapons on school property; another prohibits publishing of materials in school-sponsored media “that violates federal or state law, promotes violence, terrorism, or other illegal activity …”; and a third bans clothing that advertises or promotes weapons.

While acknowledging none of the policies specifically prohibits photos of weapons from appearing in the yearbook, Dahlen said “it’s the combination of those three policies that we’ve interpreted prevent it.”

The “controversial” image shows Renville standing alongside of the American flag, wearing a stars and stripes tank top, with a rifle he built himself resting on his right shoulder. It was taken off of school property, and Renville is clearly not posed in any type of threatening manner.

Renville’s father, Charles Renville, spoke with the principal about the decision, and Dahlen apparently refused to reconsider. Charles Renville, a 30-year Air National Guard soldier, took to Facebook this week to update his followers and vent his frustrations about the situation, a post that sparked a social media firestorm that’s drawing national media coverage.

The father writes that the picture is now under review by the district’s associate superintendent, details his conversation and thoughts about Dahlen, and explains why the image means so much to his son.

“So this is the state of freedom ion our nation today! Fargo North High School has rejected this picture for Josh’s year book …. Because in their words it promotes violence and breaks state and federal law, really! How? Well I called Andy Dahlen … he is trying to state that people cannot bring guns on school property, in his words ‘it’s the law,’” Renville wrote.

The father questioned why other images in the school that contain guns – library books on hunting, or wars with American soldiers – seemingly don’t face the same scrutiny, or why yearbook images of guns used by high school trap and skeet teams are not held to the same standard.

“What item is illegal in this picture?” he wrote. “I see a kid that loves his nation, loves free speech and loves the second the 2nd Amendment. The rifle is a rifle he built and it is his favorite rifle.”

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