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High school senior sues over rejection of yearbook photo
AP via Boston Globe ^ | December 12, 2006 | Anon

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: aclu; pccrazy; publikskoolz; swords; weapons
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Has the ACLU gotten sane? I don't think so...
1 posted on 12/12/2006 3:48:57 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy

they just didn't want a nerdy SCA picture...


2 posted on 12/12/2006 3:50:02 PM PST by fishtank
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To: Pharmboy

He probably looked a little too much like a crusader for the anti Christian lawyers union.


3 posted on 12/12/2006 3:51:23 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Pharmboy

Both the lawsuit and the school policy are stupid.


4 posted on 12/12/2006 3:52:23 PM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: Pharmboy

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.


5 posted on 12/12/2006 3:52:39 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Pharmboy
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6 posted on 12/12/2006 4:00:49 PM PST by digger48
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To: Pharmboy
Instead of hiding behind a "zero tolerance"for weapons policy the administrators should have had the marbles to say his picture was too ridiculous.
7 posted on 12/12/2006 4:01:13 PM PST by Gator101
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To: Pharmboy

http://www.eastbayri.com/story/306824451458316.php


8 posted on 12/12/2006 4:01:28 PM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

He looks like part of the Village People.


9 posted on 12/12/2006 4:01:57 PM PST by gotribe (There's still time to begin a war in Iraq.)
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To: Pharmboy

I bet he gets all the babes.


10 posted on 12/12/2006 4:02:54 PM PST by CaliGangsta
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To: digger48
Ahhhhhhhhh!!

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11 posted on 12/12/2006 4:03:32 PM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free!)
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To: Pharmboy

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. :-)


12 posted on 12/12/2006 4:05:08 PM PST by Ramius ([sip])
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To: digger48

Well, if you want your son to remain a virgin for a long time, I think SCA is a good idea.


13 posted on 12/12/2006 4:06:37 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: digger48

The above picture is a guy who went stag to the Senior Prom.


14 posted on 12/12/2006 4:07:48 PM PST by RockinRight (Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. He's a Socialist. And unqualified.)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Um... it's often referred to as the "Society of Consenting Adults" for a very good reason.

(Not SCA, but know many of them )


15 posted on 12/12/2006 4:08:40 PM PST by coydog (Cowardice does not make you safe. It makes you a safe target. - - Dale Amon)
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To: RockinRight

And has seen a lot of the inside of a locker.


16 posted on 12/12/2006 4:09:22 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: digger48
FREEDOM!!!!
17 posted on 12/12/2006 4:12:52 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: Pharmboy

My chain-mail protects me from swords, arrows, and favorable attention from women.

18 posted on 12/12/2006 4:18:52 PM PST by Gator101
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To: Pharmboy

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.


19 posted on 12/12/2006 4:22:18 PM PST by 2ndClassCitizen
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To: Gator101
At least he's not a "Duct Tape Ninja"

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20 posted on 12/12/2006 4:23:17 PM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

HA!! i think the school was doing the kid a favor.. try showing that to YOUR kids 40 years from now.. what a maroon!


21 posted on 12/12/2006 4:29:14 PM PST by dcrider182 (Islam.. it's not a religion. it's a cult... and needs to be eradicated ASAP!)
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To: digger48

Somehow I wouldn't be surprised if this kid can speak "Klingon" as well.


22 posted on 12/12/2006 4:31:58 PM PST by Gator101
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To: Xenalyte

thought this was kinda down your alley
: 0)


23 posted on 12/12/2006 4:32:38 PM PST by digger48
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To: 2ndClassCitizen

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.


24 posted on 12/12/2006 4:34:43 PM PST by FNG
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To: Pharmboy

Kill the lawyers!!!!!!!!!!


25 posted on 12/12/2006 4:38:17 PM PST by taillightchaser (!)
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To: Pharmboy
I guess the school's zero tolerance policy against weapons extends to pictures of weapons.
26 posted on 12/12/2006 4:40:11 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (The way that you wander is the way that you choose. The day that you tarry is the day that you lose.)
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To: Pharmboy

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.


27 posted on 12/12/2006 4:47:57 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: 2ndClassCitizen
During the heyday of the broadsword, steel making technology was nowhere as advanced as it was in Japan at the time.

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.

28 posted on 12/12/2006 4:49:20 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (The way that you wander is the way that you choose. The day that you tarry is the day that you lose.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
I guess the school's zero tolerance policy against weapons extends to pictures of weapons

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.

29 posted on 12/12/2006 4:49:50 PM PST by Gator101
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To: Gator101
in place of the sword have...say...a rubber chicken, and then see what they do.

Or perhaps...holding a picture of a sword.

30 posted on 12/12/2006 4:52:02 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (The way that you wander is the way that you choose. The day that you tarry is the day that you lose.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Or perhaps...holding a picture of a sword.

LOL! Now that would just fry their brains!

31 posted on 12/12/2006 4:54:27 PM PST by Gator101
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To: gotribe
He looks like part of the Village People.

Or one of the participants of Palm Springs monthly "pride parades" (altho he's not showing enough skin)...

32 posted on 12/12/2006 5:07:22 PM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: digger48
Well, the fotog gave him the choice of two shots...it was a tossup, because this was the other:

33 posted on 12/12/2006 5:11:41 PM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: ErnBatavia

is that Karl Rove?


34 posted on 12/12/2006 5:22:25 PM PST by latina4dubya
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To: Pharmboy
Is this a great country or what?

"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!

35 posted on 12/12/2006 5:36:19 PM PST by cyn
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To: Pharmboy

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.


36 posted on 12/12/2006 7:43:01 PM PST by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: digger48
"At least he's not a "Duct Tape Ninja""

Or, the infamous Star Wars Kid

37 posted on 12/12/2006 7:53:34 PM PST by Tench_Coxe
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To: SmoothTalker
Both the lawsuit and the school policy are stupid

The kid and his parents sound pretty stupid too.

Years ago people knew enough to avoid advertising their idiosyncrasies.

38 posted on 12/12/2006 8:00:06 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Here is a new nerdy friend for you.


39 posted on 12/12/2006 9:24:31 PM PST by NoCurrentFreeperByThatName (You lie, cheat and steal.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

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.


40 posted on 12/13/2006 3:37:57 AM PST by 2ndClassCitizen
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

LOL! Must be...


41 posted on 12/13/2006 3:44:39 AM PST by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: 2ndClassCitizen
...it was pounded and turned 500 times.

No school like the Old school.

42 posted on 12/13/2006 7:56:03 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (This is my tagline. There are many like it but this one is mine.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I bet that kid was pounded and turned 500 times, too.


43 posted on 12/13/2006 10:08:30 AM PST by manic4organic
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To: manic4organic

Nothing like a good pun.


44 posted on 12/13/2006 10:41:08 AM PST by 2ndClassCitizen
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To: Xenalyte

Seems like this is your neck-of-the-woods. Would love to hear your comment.


45 posted on 12/13/2006 10:47:13 AM PST by paulat
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To: Gator101
My chain-mail protects me from swords, arrows, and favorable attention from women.

But I want to face the peril!


46 posted on 12/13/2006 10:51:58 AM PST by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: paulat; Ramius; digger48

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.


47 posted on 12/13/2006 11:13:52 AM PST by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: Xenalyte

Thanks, Xenalyte...wondered what you thought.


48 posted on 12/13/2006 11:15:47 AM PST by paulat
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To: digger48

In 5 years, he'll be glad that this didn't appear in the yearbook.


49 posted on 12/13/2006 11:17:20 AM PST by AmishDude (I coined "Senator Ass" to describe Jim Webb. He may have already used it as a character in a novel.)
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To: MeanWestTexan
Well, if you want your son to remain a virgin for a long time, I think SCA is a good idea.

Uhh ... guess again. They don't call it the Society for Creative Adultery without good reason.

50 posted on 12/13/2006 11:18:15 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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