Tegan Hanlon

Tony Petito didn’t believe it at first. He pulled his vehicle up to a man who was lying in the grass and yelling for help in Eagle River Friday afternoon.

“I said, ‘You need a cell phone? What’s going on, man? What happened?’ And he said, “I’ve been stomped by a moose,’” Petito said. “I was like, ‘This guy’s jerking my chain. Are you kidding me?’”

Then the man rolled over. His hands and arms were covered in blood.

Petito said he called 911.

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.”