The fastest-growing school sport in Minnesota today is trap-shooting. All over greater Minnesota, even into the outer Metro, trap teams are popping up, and drawing all kinds of students into the shooting sports. The growth in terms of numbers and percentage is overwhelming; we’ve got regular commenters on this blog who can go into the specifics, but it’s been pretty meteoric over the past five to ten years.
The Big Lake school district is refusing to allow the Big Lake High School Trap Team’s official team photo into the school’s annual for this year.
Because never mind the breakdown of the nuclear farmily, or a popular culture that glorifies violence to those who are least able to process what “violence” actually is and who have no concept of the permanence of “mortality” (teenage boys), marketed with slick cynicism by a Hollywood advertising machine that has no soul. And never mind the fact that Big Lake is well within the part of Minnesota that has a murder rate roughly half that of Norway. Or the fact that while trap shotguns are, technically, weapons, the sport isn’t about violence – certainly nothing compared to the martial overtones and actual pummeling of high school football.
No. Apparently photos of guns are enough to make people violent.
“It’s policy”, says the district – not allowing “weapons” into the yearbook.
But a search of district policies shows nothing about weapons. You can’t bring a gun to school (which may be why Big Lake has never had a school shooting? I don’t know), but there is nothing in the district’s policy about pictures of skeet guns in the hands of a school-sponsored team that is participating in a legal, school sanctioned event.
Anyway – the students on the trap team are doing their best to whip up a litter-storm of Biblical proportion, and I’m going to do my best ton contribute to it.
Polite, measured, reasonable phone calls and emails to be Athletic Director, the Principal and the Superintendent are in order.
As Breitbart said, politics is downstream of culture. It’s battles like this – where the idiots of our society try to de-normalize conservative values – that are where the war for the culture take place every day…
…and where you and me can actually affect them.
I’m off to kick up that biblical litter-storm.
UPDATE: They’re hearing us:
Big Lake School Board Chairman Mark Hedstrom told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS via email that he wants to see the trap team included in the yearbook.
“I have made a request to the superintendent to please add this item to (Thursday) night’s school board meeting agenda so the board can look at making an exception (to) this handbook guideline,” Hedstrom wrote.
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Big Lake.
Big Lake-ians (?), your mission is clear. Make sure your school board hears you.
Sometimes the voice of reason has to be louder than the voice of stupidity, ignorance and tyranny to be heard at all.
UPDATE 2: In a statement redolent with “HOLY CRAP, MY EARS HURT”, Big Lake HIgh School has walked back its decision. The picture will appear in the annual.
Thanks. Good job.
Politics is downstream of culture. The water downstream is a little more drinkable today.