A 17-year-old gorilla named Harambe was shot and killed in May by the Cincinnati Zoo staff and a group of teenagers decided to honor the animal in their school photos.
Natalie, Caroline, Maddie and Tiffany, seniors at Troy High School, wanted to leave a memorable impression for their school ID photos this year, BuzzFeed reports.
The four teenagers decided the day before picture day to wear the same light blue t-shirt and spell out the gorilla’s name and the year he was born and the year he died.
Harambe lives on. pic.twitter.com/bByBFXa93o— Tiffany Nogoy (@tifnog) August 22, 2016
“We wanted to have pictures that coincided with each other, and it wouldn’t make sense unless they were all put together,” Maddie said.
The epic photos are only appearing on the students’ identification cards, since they are seniors and will have a different yearbook photo, Natalie told BuzzFeed.
Tiffany shared their hilarious school ID photos on Twitter and it instantly went viral, with users commenting how funny the picture is and that it is “legendary.”
The popularity of the photos on social media surprised the teenagers, since they only thought people at their school would see the photos.
“It’s crazy to think that a million different people have probably seen us in the last 48 hours,” Natalie said.
Maddie added, “We all think it’s just cool to see how our tweet gained popularity and added to the internet trend.”
It’s brilliant that these high schoolers turned the gorilla's tragic and brutal death into a hilarious yet meaningful tribute.
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