Pennsylvania parents and students want answers after the champion rifle team was left out of Emmaus High School’s yearbook.
Parents gathered at a school board meeting in Lehigh County on Monday, but school officials offered no explanation for leaving the team out.
“This board, this administration and the East Penn School District staff all claim they are here for the students,” said Chris Donatelli, who’s son was on the team last year. “I come to you tonight to ask that all put their money where their mouth is. Produce and provide to these students an amendment packet to the yearbook highlighting this tremendous accomplishment by they and their fellow students.”
The undefeated district champions weren’t pictured or even mentioned.
When asked about the incident, School Superintendent Thomas Seidenberger simply said, “This is a high school issue.”
Dennis Ramella, director of the athletic and student activities, told parents he wasn’t involved in the production of the year book.
“The rifle team is a part of the athletic department. We include them in everything. We include their accomplishments everywhere we can,” Ramella said. “In every sense of the word, it was an honest mistake. If you look at any school’s yearbook, you’re going to find errors.”
Yearbook advisor Andrew Moxey said the photo was left out because it was submitted too late, but offered no further explanation.
“Mr. Moxey, to date, has not come back with a satisfactory answer,” Donatelli said.
The late photo still doesn’t explain when the team wasn’t even mentioned.
The yearbook photographer, And Herb, said he turned in the photographs on time, according to Guns.com.
Parents want the yearbook committee to issue an “amendment packet” to add the team’s achievements to the yearbook.
“Produce and provide to these students an amendment packet to the yearbook highlighting this tremendous accomplishment by they and their fellow students,” Donatelli said.
He said parents don’t want to believe their kids were left out simply because of the national debate over gun control.
“I’d hate to think it would be that,” Donatelli said. “We’re just trying to get answers.”