Education Commisioner Rules Sword Okay in Yearbook Photo

Paul Pontarelli, a hearing officer for the Rhode Island state school commission, says that a local high school must allow a sword-wielding photo of SCA member Patrick Agin to be published.

The ruling cites a school policy that allows Agin to purchase advertising space for his portrait, and calls "illogical" the notion that a student could purchase an ad with a weapon but could not publish the same photo in the class directory.

The ruling was approved by Education Commissioner Peter McWalters and comes in response to Agin's complaint and a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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