New Jersey High Schooler Stands Tall For His Freedoms

Joshua Bruner, a 15-year-old high school student from Ringoes, New Jersey
Joshua Bruner, a 15-year-old high school student from Ringoes, New Jersey
NRAblog.com
NRAblog.com

USA – -(Ammoland.com)-Joshua Bruner, a 15-year-old high school student from Ringoes, New Jersey, made headlines in June when his school, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, refused to accept a photo he submitted of himself for a photography class assignment, wherein students were instructed to provide self-portraits that represent their personality.

In Josh’s now famous photo, the young man is standing proudly awash in sunlight and looking into the distance atop an all-terrain vehicle, holding his Remington 12-gauge shotgun in one hand and the American flag in the other – an encapsulation of Americana.

A Life Member of the NRA, competitive shooter on two state teams and a U.S. Sea Cadet, he thought the photo was the perfect representation of his interests and ideals, and eagerly submitted the project.

Administrators at the school refused to accept the photo, citing the depiction of the shotgun violated the school’s firearms policy and initially refusing to grade the assignment. After relenting and offering a so-called compromise, the school agreed to grade the assignment, but still prohibited Josh from uploading the photo to school servers, claiming the patriotic photo “can be taken out of context.”

According to Josh, the only thing the picture depicts is an unwaveringly proud American, dedicated to one day serving his country, continuing family traditions, and exercising his Constitutional rights.

Joshua Bruner
Joshua Bruner

Read more about Josh's passion for shooting, love for his country, and willingness to stand up for his beliefs on NRA Blog by clicking here!

 

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Bill
Bill
4 years ago

Josh, I spend four years in the Sea Cadet in Perth Amboy NI, Did Boot camp at 15, Two week cruise aboard a DD at 16.
Now I am retired from Uncle Sam’s Canoe Club and living in South Dakota.
Hope the best for you.
Contact Anthony @ Gun For Hire for help with your shooting career.

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

New Jersey
Puts the FU in Fun.
I am from NJ but will never set a toe back there.
Living free in South Dakota for 20 years.

marc stratman
marc stratman
4 years ago

Josh is going to be a survivor when it’s all said and done ! let the rest of the school sheep go to their slaughter.
oh ! wait they can use the phone that’s stuck to their face to call MOMMY, but she can’t answer, first to fall !
liberal sheep

HankB
HankB
4 years ago

Given that it’s New Jersey, I wonder what the bureaucrats found more objectionable – the shotgun, or the American flag?

Tionico
Tionico
4 years ago
Reply to  HankB

Neither… the kid is not the sort to fall in line, bow down, and worship the typical media/games/toys/self his peers are caught up in. What I wonder is how this young lad ever managed to get this far in the gummint skewlz so as to stand out like he does. Gummit hates folks who can, and worse yet, DO< think and act for themselves. If you ain't the Belll Cow, better fall in line, sniff cow pies, and shut up. Moooove right along, there………

Marvin Cohn
Marvin Cohn
4 years ago

It was wrong for the school not to accept the assignment; but actually, the school has a point for not publishing the picture on the school server. Until I read the article, the first impression (but wrong impression) I got was that here is a 15-year old “Red Neck.” …. but, instead, we have another example of the unintended consequences of liberal and left wing ideas and actions. The picture, for millions to see, is all over the Internet.

Daniel
Daniel
4 years ago
Reply to  Marvin Cohn

What’s wrong with rednecks?

TEX
TEX
4 years ago
Reply to  Daniel

Nothing at all wrong with rednecks. I for the most part only trust rednecks. I’ve been a Proud Texas Redneck my whole life. It amazes me when certain people (normally liberal Yankees) still think that it’s insulting or a bad thing to be redneck or call somebody a redneck. I have several friends that come from Yankee states that I would trust with my life,and in certain ways they have become rednecks because of hanging with me. “TEXAS,LIKE A WHOLE OTHER COUNTRY” !

Irontiger65
Irontiger65
4 years ago

More like an encapsulation of an insufferable little schmuck. What next, the high school football team submitting pictures of themselves raping undergrads?

Factfinder454
Factfinder454
4 years ago
Reply to  Irontiger65

I wonder what makes you think that this picture is remotely connected to rape? Making this type of comparison demonstrates a lack of pertinent facts and a desire to sway opinions with gross exaggerations. Please try to moderate your emotionally charged responses with some logical content.

JohnSmith
JohnSmith
4 years ago
Reply to  Factfinder454

>> I wonder what makes you think that this picture is remotely connected to rape?

Answer: nothing. nothing makes him think that. it’s called hyperbole, and it’s a thing people use in anonymous internet comment threads. Google it you might learn something.

truckeral
truckeral
4 years ago
Reply to  Irontiger65

An absolutely idiotic comparison.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
4 years ago
Reply to  Irontiger65

I think that your post is an encapsulation of an insufferable little schmuck.

Tionico
Tionico
4 years ago
Reply to  Irontiger65

Pot, meet Kettle. Your arrogance, snap judgement, ignorance, reveal you as a no-count anyway.

How do you know his real values, how he spends his time, etc? If more his age were to put down their stupid portable “devices” and take up some activities, learn some skills, with real life values, quit worshipping their own pelasures and look up from their own sorry lives, perhaps there could be a bit more hope for our future as a people. We’re IN this trouble because far too many are distracted with their toys and self-centred pleasures.

TEX
TEX
4 years ago
Reply to  Irontiger65

Fu*ck you piss*ant ! You a real bad*ss behind your computer ain’t you piss*ant ?

Colonialgirl
Colonialgirl
4 years ago
Reply to  TEX

Spoken like a true liberal moron and invader of Texas. I bet you never served in the military and ARE from NJ.

TEX
TEX
4 years ago
Reply to  Colonialgirl

ColonialCu*nt,Invader of Texas ? LMFAO ! In Texas we just keep Yankee trash like you out ! It’s really very easy to do too.

Daniel
Daniel
4 years ago
Reply to  Irontiger65

Let me guess… you’re a liberal turd who voted for obastard twice.

TonyN
TonyN
4 years ago
Reply to  Irontiger65

Thank you for your submission to this months “Dumbest Post Ever” contest. As you know, the internet is full of dumb comments, but we believe the your post is among the very top. Please keep in mind that only 1 submission per month is allowed so please refrain from posting again. Thank you and good luck.

Vic
Vic
4 years ago
Reply to  Irontiger65

This guy is a paid for troll. Been on a number of forums and news outlets spouting off this kind of BS. Take a hike Irontiger65.

TEX
TEX
4 years ago

In Josh’s now famous photo ? Really ? I just heard about the young man 3 minutes ago and had never seen this famous photo before now.

Murphy
Murphy
4 years ago

Head West young man , America starts just across the river. I have ZERO respect for new jerzy laws !
New Jersey is a state that will run it’s own trucks on LEADED gas , while handing out tickets for ” Emissions Tampering ” to everyone else. Gun Laws are no different.

TEX
TEX
4 years ago
Reply to  Murphy

If Trump picks that fat ass POS Christie as his VP that would be a major f/u ! Look at what he’s done in NJ,or not done,to screw over lawabiding firearms owners living in that cesspool.

JohnnyBoy
JohnnyBoy
4 years ago
Reply to  Murphy

Yeah I’ll have the angry regionalism omelet please. What type of toast with that? Well, WHITE of course!