A North Dakota father is calling for his son’s school principal to be fired after the High School senior was banned from taking a yearbook photo alongside his favorite gun.
Fargo North Principal Andy Dahlen said Josh Renville’s photo — in which he was pictured holding a rifle while standing in front of an American flag — goes against the school’s policy which forbids students from wearing “ clothing that depicts guns or weapons or any violence or drugs or alcohol.” Renville was told to submit a new photo.
The teen’s father, Charles Renville, said that Dahlen has had a longtime problem with his family due to their conservative views and gun rights advocacy.
“We’re tired of this battle,” the father told WDAY. “I’m not out there for revenge, but I think someone in Andy’s position as a principal should not use that position as a bully pulpit to preach his agenda. He should respect all viewpoints.”
Josh Renville said that he took the photo because he wanted to show what he believed in.
“I think America is the greatest country in the world, and I'm a pretty patriotic guy, so I'd like to show that in the picture and I love the second amendment and I think rifles and guns are a big hobby of mine, so I wanted to express that,” he said.
Dahlen said he’s simply “following policy” regardless of whether or not he believes in what Renville’s photo symbolized.
“I think it's a difference of opinion. I'm respectful so I'm listening to his deals, but we'll disagree with regards to this at this point,” he said.
Renville and his family planned to meet with the school to discuss the issue.
Do you think Renville and his son have a right to be outraged, or should the teen adhere to the school’s policy?