Roses are red, violets are blue. If you’re holding one of these, the high school yearbook won’t picture you.
A New Hampshire teenager said her yearbook has rejected her senior photograph because she was holding a red flower, and props aren’t allowed.
In the photo, Melissa Morin, 17, who loves acting, is sitting on a costume trunk backstage at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. She wore a black and white sundress and clutched the flower.
The no-prop policy stemmed from a 2005 controversy in another school district where a student was upset because the yearbook wouldn’t print a photo of him posing with a gun. A judge ruled in favor of the school, but Merrimack High School officials said they didn’t want to face similar scuffles and got rid of props.
Morin’s mother says she wasn’t aware of the policy.
“I understand (the school’s) dilemma in trying to make it black and white ... and not blur the line,” Kathie Roy said. “On the other hand, if something is allowed in the classroom, something benign, then I think it’s perfectly acceptable.”
Ken Johnson, principal, said that students were told about the policy last year but that nothing was printed until this year. The school’s yearbook coordinator recently sent an e-mail to parents reminding them about the due date for photos, and it included a statement about no hats or other props.