I’m a father, My Oldest Daughter just started 4th grade, and since she started school in kindergarten I’ve seen a growing concern with Bullying.
For the longest time my soon to be 9 year old daughter has come home from school on multiple occasions crying about being picked on for things ranging from, getting her hair cut, the clothes she wears, her liking Disney Princesses, the books she chooses to read, and the list goes on.
We’ve talked to the school, her teachers, even other parents and it continues to be an issue at times. Last year my daughter who loves playing soccer came home and said she would not play soccer in the fall because the “Coyotes” would “kill her if she played soccer”.
Third Grade.. 8 Years old and she was afraid. The “Coyotes” as they were/are known was a group of girls that where in a “club” that bullied kids that didn’t meet their social standard.
This is unsatisfactory to any degree. And we are hoping this year things are different with a new principle of the elementary school. But I’m not the only one speaking out against bullying, I read this article on a friends facebook page and I stand behind the photographer 110%
A Pennsylvania photographer named Jennifer McKendrick has caused quite a stir by canceling senior portrait sessions with a group of high school girls after discovering evidence of bullying by the teens on Facebook. While browsing Facebook, McKendrick came across a page containing nasty comments left by people whose names matched the ones on her client list, and subsequently cancelled the shoots. In a blog post titled “I Won’t Photograph Ugly People“, McKendrick writes,
This morning I sent out 4 emails to those clients while CC’ing in their parents explaining WHY I was canceling their shoots. I also included screen shots of the comments they made. They couldn’t deny it, I had the picture of what they said. I informed them that I’d be sending their deposits back and that they’d have to find another photographer. So far, I have received two emails back from their parents that claimed (I’m paraphrasing) they were shocked that this had happened. They apologized that their child acted in such a way and that they would deal with the matter. So far I haven’t received any backlash but I’m ready for it. I’m a small business owner and I have the luxury of making that decision. If you are ugly on the inside, I’m sorry but I won’t take your photos to make you look pretty on the outside!
The post has already garnered hundreds of comments and tens of thousands of Facebook “Likes” supporting her decision to stand up against bullying.
The Hooba Dooba for Bullying is getting fixed.
So with that Howdy, Semper Fi and have a wonderful Freaking day.