The Big Lake High School (Minnesota) trap shooting team is fighting their school board to approve their team photo for the yearbook, after it was originally rejected by school officials, KSTP reports.
The photo shows 60 team members lined up wearing their uniform and resting a shotgun on their shoulder.
The school’s superintendent, Steve Westerberg, apparently told 5 Eyewitness News in an email that the student handbook “doesn’t allow firearms or weapons to be displayed.” He also noted that parents have been urging for several years now for the team to be included in the yearbook.
“This rule has been in affect since the school started sponsoring a Trap Shooting Team a couple years ago,” Westerberg wrote.
Clayton Birsall, one of the team members and also part of the school’s baseball team, thinks that his gun is really no different than his baseball bat.
“That’s what you use in the sport,” Birdsall said. “It’s just natural.”
This whole yearbook thing has created quite the stir for Big Lake, and it will promptly become a topic discussed at the school board meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday.