Senior class photo spells trouble

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by Shern-Min Chow / 11 News

khou.com

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 20 at 11:24 AM

HOUSTON – What happens when you drop the C and the L from class? You get in trouble, that’s what.

Three Cypress Ridge High School students were suspended and fined $135 each for allegedly pulling a prank in the senior class photo.

Seniors posed for the panoramic photos last month. First, there was a formal picture with students in the front row wearing t-shirts that spelled out "Class of 2010."

The second panoramic was an informal shot. The students were allowed to move around so they rearranged themselves, leaving only "ass" on the front row.

"I heard C and L ran off. That’s not ass’s fault. That’s C and L’s fault, said senior Austin Knight. "It was funny and they shouldn’t have been punished."

But it was the three students wearing A, S and S that got in trouble. Along with the fine and suspension, they lost their positions as officers for various clubs.

"S" man George Bermudez, who was the senior class secretary, said it was an accident.

Cy-Fair ISD officials didn’t buy that story.

In a statement, the district said: "Three students were disciplined in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. "

Some students agree with the district’s decision.

"I didn’t really think anything of it because it was supposed to be a funny picture, though it was ignorant and disrespectful," said Raymond Carrigan, also a senior.

"They messed up. I know they feel bad they did it," said senior Calvin Brown.

The fines will help pay for retouching and reprinting the panoramic for all 636 seniors.

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