Tegan Hanlon

An 18-year-old Alaskan said Eagle River High School administrators have barred him from the school’s upcoming prom after people complained about his social media posts, which included a picture of a firearm and then, about 10 hours later, one about the dance.

“It’s a gun that I like, that’s all it is,” Kolton Hala said in an interview Monday, April 2, about the photo he posted of a Hi-Point Model 4595, a .45 ACP semi-automatic rifle. “It wasn’t directed toward anybody. I was just sharing what I like.”