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  Howitzer Picture Cut From Yearbook

The Associated Press
Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999; 3:16 p.m. EDT

NEVIS, Minn. –– A high school is refusing to allow a picture to appear in the yearbook of a student sitting on a 155 mm howitzer.

Nevis High officials said the photo of senior Samantha Jones violates the school's "zero-tolerance" policy toward weapons.

The policy prohibits images of guns, knives or other weapons on shirts, hats or in pictures. It also bans squirt guns.

The snapshot shows Ms. Jones, who is joining the Army in June, perched on the small cannon outside a Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

"Whether it's in military, recreational or sporting form, anything shaped like a gun or knife is banned," said Superintendent Dick Magaard.

Ms. Jones' mother, Sue Jones, petitioned for a vote by the School Board, which deadlocked 3-3 this week on publishing the photo.

"I back my daughter 100 percent on this. The lawyer will be sending you papers," she told school officials.

School Board chairman Marv Vredenburg defended Ms. Jones by pointing to war photographs already hanging on school walls. "She is honoring the flag and service," he said.

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