When I graduated from high school in 1975, senior photos were pretty rote. Guys had laughable and elaborate coiffures and wore loud jackets, girls had hair that was long, straight, and parted in the middle, and that was about it. The only breakout photo that I remember was of a friend who was a photographer for the yearbook and had his photo taken with his camera cradled in his hand.
In Nebraska, the approach to boring senior class photos is a little bit different these days.
Apparently Nebraska kids want to be photographed with guns. So one school district had to come up with some rules about whether gun photos would be considered appropriate, and how they might be regulated. It concluded that gun photos would be permitted if they were “tasteful and appropriate,” didn’t feature students pointing guns at the camera, and also didn’t include an animal in “obvious distress.”
I’m glad they added that last condition to the rule. Who would want to open their high school yearbook and see poor blasted Bambi or a partially skinned squirrel on the page? After all, the acne issues and the hair styles are bound to be ugly enough.