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A high school senior in Broadalbin, New York won a battle to have a picture of her posing with a rifle as her yearbook portrait.

Rebekah Rorick, who attends Broadalbin-Perth High School, told News10 she wanted a photo that highlighted her two passions: her dog and hunting.

“My family has always hunted,” she said. “It’s something I do with my family, and my dog is my best friend. So I decided to put her in the photo. I fell in love with [the picture]. It’s my favorite photo of all time right now.”

Unfortunately, Rebekah’s senior photo was rejected by the Broadalbin-Perth High School yearbook committee because it shows her holding a rifle in her left hand.

“And I was like, ‘Why?’ And they are like, ‘Because there’s a gun in it.’ And I’m like, ‘But it’s a hunting rifle. I’m wearing camo. I have my dog with me,’” Rorick explained. “I was ready to cry. I didn’t know what I was going to do. The only thing I thought to do was address it.”

As News10 reports, Rorick and her dad went to the Board of Education on Monday night to argue their case. The photo, they said, wasn’t any different from other senior portraits that highlighted the interests of the student.

Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson was on hand to view the photo.

“We do have a policy against weapons, but at first glance, and even now, I do not believe that this is,” he said. “She is not holding the gun in a malicious manner. She is not pointing it anywhere. It’s to me, in my opinion, a nice photograph of a young lady in the Adirondack region that enjoys hunting.”

Eventually, the school board approved the photo for inclusion in the yearbook.

“I was so happy. I could not stop smiling,” Rebekah told News10. “I felt the board had a lot of courage. It’s something I’ll hold forever.”

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