In the Boys State leadership program, teens learn about government and run for a series of local, county and state offices. Boyd explains that he told a large group of participating students that they could keep their phones on while he talked with them.
“I give them permission to use their phones if it’s on silent. And they have to like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. They do, and a handful get on,” says Boyd.
He then asked the group to pose with him in his robe. Since turnabout is fair play, Boyd agreed to pose for a photo wearing a Boys State T-shirt.
“And I said ‘I’m going to put a picture up on Facebook.’ And one of them said ‘Is it going to be a selfie?’ I said, ‘Sure, it’ll be a selfie.’ ”
When one of the students tweeted, “still waiting on the selfie,” Boyd made good on the promise.
After giving a final speech and a tour of the high court building and courtroom to the nine students elected to the Supreme Court as part of the program, he ended with a final photo of himself and the kids.
“It was a great group of guys, and they are pretty serious about what they are doing,” Boyd says.
--- John Council