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Yearbook Policy Sparks Controversy Among Students

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Some students are upset that their school is keeping a couple of things out of their yearbook.

Menahga, Minnesota Public School officials are not allowing a photo of a girl and her baby to be used as a senior picture and are not allowing a remembrance page for a student who took his own life to be added.

Student Samantha Acuff says, "I mean yes it is kind of childish to fight over a yearbook, but we're reaching out."

Though the issue at hand is not necessarily the content, but the policy. Menahga Schools Superintendent Mary Klamm says, "We don't really have a policy at this point, because we've never been asked."

The school is standing by years of history showing only one student in a senior photo. Experts told the school it wouldn't be good to have the remembrance page.

"We really didn't feel like it was something we wanted to start," says Klamm.

But the students, including Acuff say, "Kids have their dogs. Kids have their trucks."

"We're looking for the principal, the superintendent and the school board to look at us and say we respect what you guys want," says Acuff.

The school says this issue is not one to be quickly solved. "It's out there, as opposed to us working together to make things work," says Klamm.

The school says a process was broken down by a student going and getting the word out about this on Facebook. Klamm says they are still talking over the policy with the students and other administrators, and hopefully the book on this one will be closed soon.

While the school is not budging right now on not allowing the photo or remembrance page, there may be a small victory for the students.

Klamm says, "We probably will have a policy in place. I've heard other school districts have a policy about this."

That new policy will leave no doubt about the rules in the future.

Students also turned in a petition with more than 100 signatures to get the photos in the yearbook. The school says it is a sign officials need to talk more with their students to hear their concerns.

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