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Menahga Bird Busters may include guns in yearbook photo

While guns are not normally allowed in school yearbook photos, they will be permitted in the clay target trap shooting photo for the Menahga Bird Busters since they are part of the team's sport.

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This photo from the Menahga Bird Busters Facebook page shows how guns can be featured in a yearbook photo in a way that portrays the sport of trap shooting.

While guns are not normally allowed in school yearbook photos, they will be permitted in the clay target trap shooting photo for the Menahga Bird Busters since they are part of the team's sport.

The Menahga Bird Busters asked the school board Feb. 19 to allow the picture to be placed in the yearbook just like other teams are pictured with their sport's gear such as basketballs or footballs.

"The picture with the shotguns would be taken at the shooting range and not on school premises," principal Mark Frank said.

Frank told the board that he and athletic director Don Donarski talked to other school districts to see how they handled pictures of their clay shooting teams.

"The recommendation that we came up with is the that the Menahga clay target team Bird Busters may display Minnesota State High School League clay target team approved shotguns in their team photo, with the school photo required to be taken off school grounds," he said. "Whether they choose to do that at the shooting range or at another location gives them some flexibility."

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Frank shared the Bird Busters' Facebook page photo as an example but said in the yearbook it will be replaced by one where the student's faces are more visible.

He said individual yearbook photos will continue to follow the state and school guidelines that do not allow weapons of any kind including knives or guns.

Superintendent Kevin Wellen said the board did not need to take action but would follow Frank's plan as presented.

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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