This was all the cat's idea.
Out there, in the wilds of Schenectady, there is a kid who is fighting the good fight: the agonizing oppression of the student yearbook. Every year, kids are forced to take the same pained pose, a slight tilt in the head, a faraway gaze, a cloudy blue background.
This year, 16-year old Draven Rodriguez says no to those limitations. He wants to be remembered in the yearbook the way he is in real life: holding his cat Mr Bigglesworth and surrounded by lasers.
As he told the Daily Gazette, “I don’t want to go in the yearbook with the generic ‘I-look-like-everyone-else’ photo. I wanted a ‘He looks great. Only he would try that’ photo.”
To ensure his immortalization as the only one who would try it, Rodriguez started a pre-emptive petition to persuade the powers that be at Schenectady High School to include his photo before they hand down an official "no."
According to his petition, "This is my photo that should be going into the yearbook, but we know how finicky the school systems can be. I'm hoping that with enough signatures, my school simply can't turn this down."
He was hoping for 500 signatures, but as of this publication he has already gotten 1,300, and that number is still climbing.
Despite the public approval, the school district has already issued an informal response, and it is pretty much a no.