Charles Renville, from Fargo, North Dakota, is demanding the principal of his son’s high school be fired after a conflict broke out over a yearbook picture.
Fargo North High School Principal Andy Dahlen refused to print a picture of Josh Renville in the yearbook because the senior was carrying a rifle.
In the picture, Renville is standing in front of an American flag, wearing a red, white and blue tank top and holding an assault-style weapon.
When the Renvilles submitted the picture for the yearbook, Dahlen refused to include it.
(Picture of Josh Renville holding rifle that was rejected from school's yearbook. Photo credit: Josh Renville/Facebook)
“Whether or not I agree or disagree with it is really immaterial," Dahlen told WDAY. "I'm just following the policy."
The three policies it breached included a ban on carrying firearms on school property, the refusal to publish anything that promotes violence, and a ban on wearing clothing promoting guns.
“It’s the combination of those three policies that we’ve interpreted prevent it,” Dahlen told the Fargo Forum.
Josh Renville thinks there was nothing wrong with the picture.
“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 told WDAY.
Charles has been a member of the Air National Guard for 30 years and agrees with his son.
“That's what the senior pictures supposed to do is sort of show what's important to these kids as they leave high school,” he added.
After Charles met with Dahlen to discuss his decision, he took to Facebook to call for the principal to be removed.
Alleging that his family had been targeted for years, Charles said Dahlen was “morally bankrupt” and is “a far left progressive who is using his position to promote his political agenda and push it on our children,” reports Fargo Forum.
He did not cite any other examples of what the principal had done.
Charles was due to meet with Dahlen and the school district’s superintendent Dec. 10 to discuss the matter further.