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CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ)--A school board backtracks on a controversial decision.

Guns will be allowed in this year's yearbook - but not for one kid.

Student Riley Schultz wanted to use a photo of himself holding a gun as his senior yearbook photo. 

The teen says he wanted to display the gun he made from scratch.

On Monday night, the Crookston school board said no - but did say yes to allow his classmates to display their guns.

Riley’s yearbook photo was deemed inappropriate.

“The trap shooters get to use their picture which is also a gun so I don't get why I'm not allowed to use mine,” said Shultz.

Shortly after Riley submitted his self portrait of the hunting rifle that he had built and customized, the school board said they wanted a different picture for the yearbook.

Their decision - based on a survey school administrators conducted behind his back.

“When I had asked about the soft survey it was just Riley's picture that was passed around and asked for opinions so to me you're singling out my child and my child only because you're uneducated about the gun that is in his hands,” said Riley’s mother, Breanna Rasmusson.

“The school didn't have a policy and then when I put my picture in they decided to put a policy in,” said Shultz.

In recent years, student portraits with guns have been allowed. His mother argues that his picture should have been allowed since the weapon is pointed at the ground, his trigger finger is nowhere near that trigger and the gun is it's completely unloaded.

“Every picture before this picture was done on what is called a case by case basis which made Principal Bubna and I think he even said it in one of his other news stories the gatekeeper, what I can't wrap my head around is who deemed him judge and jury,” said Rasmusson.

While the school board stuck to its guns to ban Riley's gun - they did decide his classmates who are on the trap team will be allowed to show off their fire power because people complained about their original decision.

“They don't really understand that it's a hunting rifle it looks like an assault rifle but it's not,” said Shultz.

“It's his hobby it's his passion, you know a lot of time of him putting it together it together working on his truck and it means the most to him,” said Rasmusson.

Riley's family plans to continue to the fight, they have retained a lawyer.

Riley has until Wednesday to pick a new picture if he wanted to be included in his senior year book.

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