When you flip through the sport and group section of a yearbook, you will likely see gloves or bats in the baseball team’s photo, a basketball in the basketball team’s photo, and likely a football in the football team’s photo. It only makes sense to have the equipment of the team to be in the photo, right?
Not at Big Lake High School in Big Lake, Minnesota. The school has decided not to allow the shooting team to include their photo in the yearbook because all 60 members are shown kneeling with a shotgun by their side.
This is ridiculous. Why would they be singled out? The parents of the team members are outraged.
According to CBS Minnesota, Rick Anderson, a parent whose son is on the shooting team, said, “Just because there’s a gun involved doesn’t make it a dangerous sport and they’re not criminals.” Anderson added, “I think [political] correctness has gone way overboard. I don’t know how else to put it.”
Derek Birdsall said even parents without a son or daughter on the shooting team think the prohibition is ridiculous. He told ABC 5, “[The shooting team] is a school-sanctioned activity. It’s not like the kids are doing anything with it. They are literally just holding a gun.”
Superintendent Steve Westerberg admitted that parents have been pushing to have a photograph of the shooting team included in the yearbook but said the school’s student handbook “doesn’t allow firearms or weapons to be displayed.” He said the rule on displaying firearms “has been in affect [sic] since the school started sponsoring a Trap Shooting Team a couple years ago.”
Birdsall views the ban as silly. He said the shotguns are “what you use in the sport. It’s just natural.”
I could see if they were posing inappropriately or advertising harm, but the team took a modest photo, with the guns being held as they should. I don’t see a problem with the photo. Do you?