Posted: 5:20 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013

Students without permits banned from snapping photos at public park

Kelly Park photo permit
Kelly Park photo permit

SAN JOSE, Calif. —

A group of high school juniors stopped by Kelley Park in San Jose this weekend to pose for some prom photos, but they were stopped by a park ranger and told they needed to pay an entrance fee in exchange for a photo.

Robyn Morton said the big dance was Saturday, but before the group of eight took hit the dancefloor, they stopped at a park to take pictures.

"We wanted to take a picture of (the) Japanese friendship garden because it's a nice place," said Morton.

As soon as they pulled out their phones to snap a photo, a park ranger came over and said they had to leave.

"She was being kind of pushy," said Aiden Kline.

The ranger came over to talk to them because they didn't have the mandatory permit required to take the photo.

They asked how much it was and the ranger said it would cost $100.

"We were all annoyed; it was all really frustrating because we just wanted to take a picture," said Kelly Valentine.

Parks facility supervisor Randy Adams said the ranger acted appropriately.

"If you come dressed in a tuxedo for wedding, or quinceaƱera, or prom it is required," Adams said.

Despite not having the permit, the group said in the end the ranger just turned her back.

"She was like, 'I'm just going to pretend I don't see anything, just stay off the grass,'" Valentine added.

Randy Adams said because of what happened he will work with the school districts to offer a student discount for prom photos.

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