For those in the student body fortunate enough to avoid the tortuous experience commonly referred to as the “senior class picture,” but also unfortunate enough to have to suffer through an additional week of school in June, you may or may not have already heard what happened. One of the students held up a sign declaring “Eat S—” during the first couple pictures, which was spotted by one of the photographers.
I laughed, but not because I thought it was funny. No, I laughed because it was sad. As I’ve talked about before, it upsets me when adults treat teenagers like they’re immature idiots, because I don’t believe they are.
But after what I saw today, I’m not really sure what to think anymore. I want to think the best of my fellow classmates, and even myself, and believe that we’re mature, ready-to-contribute, functioning members of society, and that high school has adequately prepared us for real life. Hopefully, incidences like these are more indicative of individual rather than overall immaturity.
Anyways, it seems pretty ironic to me that, at the senior class picture—with graduation only a month away—that immaturity more fitting for a second grade class picture would be displayed.
Though my initial reaction was to chuckle, it wasn’t amusement at this student’s cleverness—I mean really, if you’re going to go big, go for broke. Denounce society’s excesses. Call out someone. Promote anarchy. And please, be clever about it. “Eat S—” requires the brain activity of a cabbage.
I understand you’re working with limited space, the back of the order form for the class picture is pretty small. Next time, try a twist on a stereotypical message with “Look Ma, no Photoshop.” Sell advertising; if no one will buy, put up a “For Let,” or “Your ad here.” Or put up your phone number, maybe some cute girl will be impressed by your daring. Or try the classic arrow and a “he’s not wearing pants” sign.
So if you’re going to be immature, at least be creative.
By John Brooks