Draven Rodriguez told The Daily Gazetteyesterday that he wanted something different for his yearbook photo -- something his friends will always remember. So he picked his photo -- with lasers! -- with his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth.
But the school has told Rodriguez that while he can submit the photo to be in the yearbook, he can't use it as his official senior portrait.
Thus the petition drive-- which had 2,329 signatures this morning, surpassing his goal of 500 signatures -- plus the national exposure.
"This is my photo that should be going into the yearbook, but we know how finicky the school systems can be," he wrote on the online petition. "I'm hoping that with enough signatures, my school simply can't turn this down."
He told the Gazette he wanted something special for his senior year.
"I don't want to go in the yearbook with the generic 'I-look-like-everyone-else' photo," he told the Gazette. "I wanted a 'He looks great. Only he would try that' photo."
He added, "When people look at it, they will know that was me."
On the petition site, Rodriguez updated it last night with: "I can't believe how huge this is. I'm on Jezebel, the Gazette and CBS 6. Thank you all for your support! We'll hit 500 soon."