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December 22, 2006

SCA Hobbyist Discriminated Against

According to the AOSHQ bylaws which declare AOSHQ a Safe Haven for nerds, and which specifically forbid shark-fishing with live nerds, we're supposed to object to this.

Patrick Agin, a high school senior in Portsmouth, R.I., was surprised by his schools refusal this fall to use a yearbook photograph of him dressed in medieval chain mail, with a broadsword over his shoulder.

I didnt think it would be that big a deal, said Mr. Agin, a 17-year-old who attends Portsmouth High School. I just really like the picture, and its one of the first good photos Ive taken in a long time.

Good or not, the school said, the picture ran afoul of its zero-tolerance weapons policy.


OK, the administrators are being ninnies.
But ninnies or not, they do have the right to control the content of their publications.
It's too bad. Because this handsome young nerdling deserves to be seen.

I will rock your world.

The ACLU has filed suit on his behalf.

(Because they really have nothing better to do, and municipal governments are glutted with accursed money which for the benefit of all should be drained off to a commie parasite entity the very instant some school official has the temerity to say the word 'no' to a student.)

Thanks to Eddiebear.

AWAKE! FEAR! FIRE! FOES! UPDATE: From Redhand (and similar sentiment from others):

Oh, pleeaze! What conceivable public purpose is upheld by banning this photo? Sorry Laura W., but that's bullshit. The ACLU is right on this one.

The school is under no constraint to uphold a 'public purpose' other than the creation of the yearbook that they have been paid to produce. They get to say what gets published and what does not. I personally disagree with their decision, but I am not paying the cost to be the boss. They are.

The ACLU is still a bunch of commie busybodies, regardless of whether I agree with their case or not.
I believe they are doing more to harm freedom of expression than to help it.

If individual schools can't publish the kind of freakin' yearbook they want without getting bullied with ACLU lawsuits, how far can that go?

And as others have noted (some must still be bitter), yes, the educational system is loaded with total dicks that like to stifle fun. So?

Dicks' rights to control their publications should be protected even when you disagree with them.


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