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9-Year-Old Who Changed School Lunches Silenced By Politicians | Wired Science | Wired.com -
June 14, 2012
Headless Gnad Kicker
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"For the past two months, one of my favorite reads has been Never Seconds, a blog started by 9-year-old Martha Payne of western Scotland to document the unappealing, non-nutritious lunches she was being served in her public primary school. Payne, whose mother is a doctor and father has a small farming property, started blogging in early May and went viral in days. She had a million viewers within a few weeks and 2 million this morning; was written up in Time, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, and a number of food blogs; and got support from TV cheflebrity Jamie Oliver, whose series “Jamie’s School Dinners” kicked off school-food reform in England. Well, goodbye to all that. This afternoon, Martha (who goes by “Veg” on the blog) posted that she will have to shut down her blog, because she has been forbidden to take a camera into school. She said: This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my head teacher and taken to her office. I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today. I only write my blog not newspapers and I am sad I am no longer allowed to take photos. I will miss sharing and rating my school dinners and I’ll miss seeing the dinners you send me too. A little later, her father Dave (who helped her set up the blog but has been hands-off on the content), added to her post: Veg’s Dad, Dave, here. I felt it’s important to add a few bits of info to the blog tonight. Martha’s school have been brilliant and supportive from the beginning and I’d like to thank them all. I contacted Argyll and Bute Council when Martha told me what happened at school today and they told me it was their decision to ban Martha’s photography. Can we all agree how monumentally stupid this is? Martha Payne, via JustGiving.com Here we have a kid who got excited enough about feeding children well that she not only changed the food in her own district — within two weeks, officials were allowing children in her school to...
Love that they waited /just/ long enough after the original story died down that they thought what they were doing was out of sight. I honestly hope that /this/ action is what costs them their jobs. There's having a hard time meeting the expectations of cost/requirements, and then there's squelching dissent. -
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