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New York high schooler petitions to use his cat in yearbook portrait

Aw, how cute! Draven Rodriguez wants his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, in his yearbook portrait.
Aw, how cute! Draven Rodriguez wants his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, in his yearbook portrait. Instagram

All Draven Rodriguez wanted to do was to use his beloved pet cat in his senior yearbook portrait. And he sort of got his wish.

The story went viral this week, how the Schenectady (N.Y.) High School senior started a petition to get school officials to allow him to use the unusual photo.

It shows Draven holding Mr. Bigglesworth – someone loves “Austin Powers” – with lasers shooting around them and a giant kitty head superimposed behind them.

Hold the giggles, please.

Thinking that school officials wouldn’t be happy with his choice of senior portrait, Draven posted the photo to Instagram and started an online petition to rile up sympathy.

“I'm not trying to make any statement," he told his hometown newspaper, The Daily Gazette, “other than my photo is ridiculous and this is how I am.”

OK, then, we can giggle.

Draven just wants to end his high school career with a bang, or a meow, as the case might be.

“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."

School officials decided that while Draven can’t use the photo as his official portrait, it could be used elsewhere in the yearbook.

“I can work with that,” said Draven.

Controversy cat-nipped in the bud.

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