Mead High School retracts senior picture yearbook requirement

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 5:34 PM

MEAD, Wash. -- Mead High School leaders retracted an announcement it put out Friday that banned personal senior photos from the school yearbook.

This comes after students and parents complained about the policy. It would have required all seniors to take the same school photo wearing the same clothing.

On the school’s website it said, beginning next year students at Mead and Mount Spokane High School would take their photo at the school for free. All students will have the same pose and must meet a formal dress code. The girls would wear dresses and boys would wear a jacket and tie.  

Staff admitted they should have asked the students first. They said too many students were missing the deadline for photos and they were too expensive for families.

“We’re really trying to help families that may not be able to purchase a whole senior photo set,” said Mead High School Principal, Mark St. Clair.

Some students said they would have skipped senior photos if this were the requirement. Others said although the schools intentions are good, students should be able to wear what they want.

“It’s kind of a rite of passage as a senior to go in how you want, have people remember you how you want to be remembered,” said junior Victoria Bjordahl.

Mead High School has decided against the policy. School leaders will give families the option of a free photo.

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