WICHITA, Kan. — A new Wichita school board member considered placing his hand on a science fiction novel when being sworn into office but ultimately decided to stick with tradition.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Ben Blankley decided to simply raise his right hand Monday when being sworn in to represent District 1 on the school board.

Blankley did place “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” ”Robert’s Rules of Order” and “Fundamentals of Astrodynamics” at the board table during the oath as a salute to learning.

State law requires those being sworn into office to place their right hand on the Bible or to hold up their right hand.

Blankley says he was inspired to think about swearing on other books after watching members of Wichita City Council take their oaths of office.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com