Skip to comments.High school senior sues over rejection of yearbook photo
Posted on 12/12/2006 3:48:55 PM PST by Pharmboy
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. --A high school senior who posed in chain mail with a prop sword for his official yearbook picture is suing -- after the school rejected the photo saying it has a "zero tolerance" policy for weapons.
The A-C-L-U filed the suit against the Portsmouth school committee on behalf of Patrick Agin.
Agin is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, which promotes research and reenactments of medieval history.
The A-C-L-U points out that the school principal offered to allow the photo in the yearbook if Agin paid to put it in the advertising section. It also says that the school's mascot is a Revolutionary War soldier who sometimes carries a weapon.
The schools superintendent was not available for immediate
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they just didn't want a nerdy SCA picture...
He probably looked a little too much like a crusader for the anti Christian lawyers union.
Both the lawsuit and the school policy are stupid.
In order to establish that they have this zero tolerance policy, they do this, but more than likely, there are kids who bring real weapons to their school.
He looks like part of the Village People.
I bet he gets all the babes.
OK, so the kid is a little dorky. Using the "weapon" argument under yet another zero-tolerance policy is quite a bit dorkier. I'm not in SCA, but I can see how it could be quite a lot of fun for those who are.
BTW, that ~is~ a pretty cool sword. :-)
Well, if you want your son to remain a virgin for a long time, I think SCA is a good idea.
The above picture is a guy who went stag to the Senior Prom.
Um... it's often referred to as the "Society of Consenting Adults" for a very good reason.
(Not SCA, but know many of them )
And has seen a lot of the inside of a locker.
My sword is a samurai sword made the old fashioned way.
It is razor sharp and is used with extreme care.
I just don't understand the practicality of the heavy medieval sword. The samurai sword is much faster to use and is most likely the superior weapon.
HA!! i think the school was doing the kid a favor.. try showing that to YOUR kids 40 years from now.. what a maroon!
Somehow I wouldn't be surprised if this kid can speak "Klingon" as well.
thought this was kinda down your alley
That heavy sword slowly evolved into the faster, thinner rapiers that were good only as a thrusting weapon. It was firearms that finally replaced the swords. The History Channel has a show on Axes, Swords, and Knives where the techniques on using the heavy blades like that are demonstrated. I have actually met the man demonstrating the techniques, and read his textbook. He teached classes in Western (sword) martial arts in Houston. I feel that a Samauri sword and style is better, but there is a lot that can be done with that broadsword by a master that you will never see watching theatrical western swordfighting.
Kill the lawyers!!!!!!!!!!
Gee, I remember when the school would have sent someone home to change into appropriate attire before allowing a picture like that to even be taken for the yearbook!!
I miss the days when schools actually included things like judgement and character by the staff.
The practicality of the broadsword was that in battle, it was just as desirable to break a bone as it was to slice thine enemy to bits. There very often wasn't time to swing a lighter weapon accurately. One shot needed to be effective no matter where it hit.
As steel making improved and edged weapons got stronger and better able to hold an edge, they got smaller and lighter.
Still...I agree with you...nothing compares to a tachi forged in Japan in the 15th century.
I'm guessing they wimped out and thought hiding behind the weapons policy was the easiest plan. The kid should test them and send in a picture of himself in the same outfit only this time in place of the sword have...say...a rubber chicken, and then see what they do.
Or perhaps...holding a picture of a sword.
LOL! Now that would just fry their brains!
Or one of the participants of Palm Springs monthly "pride parades" (altho he's not showing enough skin)...
is that Karl Rove?
"offered to allow the photo in the yearbook if Agin paid to put it in the advertising section."
That's not zero tolerance, that's accepting bribes!
VERY cool portrait. This kid is an individual.
My son posed for his senior photo in a fedora
and spats. He's a swing kid. (I heard that)
Swing as in dancing.
Or, the infamous Star Wars Kid
The kid and his parents sound pretty stupid too.
Years ago people knew enough to avoid advertising their idiosyncrasies.
Here is a new nerdy friend for you.
My sword was made in the last 15 years, it was pounded and turned 500 times.
It is awesome to practice before the sun comes up through the woods. I just practice a draw or two and a few moves. I am not good, just like to use it to keep in shape.
LOL! Must be...
No school like the Old school.
I bet that kid was pounded and turned 500 times, too.
Nothing like a good pun.
Seems like this is your neck-of-the-woods. Would love to hear your comment.
But I want to face the peril!
With apologies to FReeper SCAers, who are undoubtedly FAR cooler than the general run, SCAers are, for the most part, bozos. The name - the Society for Creative Anachronism - is directly at odds with what the report alleges is its purpose: "promotes research and reenactments of medieval history."
Creative anachronism and faithful re-enactment are worlds apart.
Also, the lad looks dorky beyond belief, and I'd have to reject his picture on unibrow grounds alone. He doesn't realize what a favor the administrators are doing him.
Further, chain mail (like Spandex) is a privilege, not a right.
That said, Ramius is correct - if the photo isn't deceiving, the lad is "wielding" a Starfire, which is the combat sword of choice for us fightin' actors. VERY nice sword.
Thanks, Xenalyte...wondered what you thought.
In 5 years, he'll be glad that this didn't appear in the yearbook.
Uhh ... guess again. They don't call it the Society for Creative Adultery without good reason.