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Litigiousness 1, Common Sense 0

This AP report makes me wonder whether people have too much leisure time.

The mother of a Providence, R.I., high school senior who posed in chain mail with a medieval sword for his yearbook picture sued after the school rejected the photo because of its "zero tolerance" policy against weapons.

The school's principal refused to allow the portrait as the student's official yearbook photo because he said it violated a policy against weapons and violence in schools, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by the Rhode Island branch of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The lawsuit against principal Robert Littlefield and the members of the Portsmouth School Committee seeks an order that would prevent the yearbook from being published without the photo being included.

The principal said there has to be a line drawn somewhere as to what material can and cannot be included in the yearbook, and that the responsibility for deciding ultimately falls to him. He said the yearbook editorial board and its adviser had agreed with him.

Note to student and mom: chill out!



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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