Letter: Parent addresses yearbook by Gary and Kristy Mangerson
In response to the “Questionable?” by Betty in the July 4 issue of the Hodag Buyers’ Guide regarding a girl’s picture with a bow not being allowed in the yearbook, Superintendent Roger Erdahl did answer the question correctly. After review by Mr. Erdahl, the picture was allowed.
Here is “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey said. Each senior was able to submit two photos. For our daughter’s secondary photo, she chose one with herself and part of the strong and the fletching of an arrow. That photo was not allowed by then-Principal Keats. He took a stance of no weaponry in yearbook photos. Meeting with Mr. Keats, we showed him several yearbook photos from previous years with dead deer, shotguns, other guns and bows. He still refused to allow her photo.
We then met with Superintendent Erdahl. He granted permission to allow weapons that did not appear to be assault-style weapons. If we, as parents, would not have become involved, this photo would not have been allowed, and the public would not have known that one person was able to make a decision like this for future classes.
Guidelines are needed for future photos in the yearbook. Mr. Erdahl has invited my wife and myself, along with other interested parents, students and staff, to work towards a reasonable standard. This way the views of many can be addressed.
Gary and Kristy Mangerson, Rhinelander