A North Dakota senior was beside himself after being told that his patriotic yearbook photo was being denied because he was holding a firearm. Fortunately for him, he’s since hit back hard by submitting a replacement photo – and it’s as American as it gets.
Mad World News reported back in early December of Josh Renville and his unfortunate ordeal. For those unaware, Josh was told by Fargo North High School that his senior yearbook photo was not being accepted because he was holding a firearm. Last time we checked, a photo never killed anyone, but that hasn’t stopped this school’s irrational fear of patriotic photography.
Josh’s father, Charlie Renville, has even spoke out on the matter, saying:
“We have school officials including [the superintendent] who are promoting their political agenda. They should be remaining neutral. The original picture, there was nothing legally wrong with that picture. You can say it’s in poor taste, but that’s your personal opinion.”
Arguing against administrators didn’t do too much good, but Josh wasn’t about to let this go without a fight. In fact, he’s since come up with the ultimate solution, and he even got a little bit of payback in the process.
— Angie Wieck (@angiewieck) February 2, 2016
Since the original photo didn’t quite fly, Josh photoshopped the picture and removed the gun – but this is where things get good. He actually replaced the AR-15 that was once resting on his shoulder with a bald eagle. While wearing a field of blue shirt, Josh can be seen standing next to an American flag. After the eagle was added, it just doesn’t get any more American than that.
It’s a shame that in this day and age, we have people ignoring the rights of others. Just as Josh’s father said, there was nothing wrong or illegal with this photo, and those thinking in such a way are merely expressing opinion. I don’t know about you, but I’m about fed up with the whole “I’m offended” mentality going around this nation.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there are a lot of rights outlined in the U.S. Constitution. Unfortunately, your “right not to be offended” isn’t one of them.