“A month and a half ago, a nine-year-old schoolgirl called Martha began blogging photos of the food from her elementary school cafeteria. After just ten days the blog, entitled NeverSeconds, had already received 105,000 views, thanks largely to an endorsement from British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. It went on to amass over two million hits and also raised nearly £2,000 (around $3,110) for food charity Mary’s Meals.
Now, the girl’s local council has stepped in and put an end to her food critique. Martha updated her blog yesterday evening with a message titled “goodbye.’” She writes that “I got taken out of class by my head teacher [principal] and taken to her office. I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners.” Martha also lamented that “I don’t think I will be able to finish raising enough money for a kitchen for Mary’s Meals either.”
Her father later clarified that it was not the principal’s decision to ban the blog and that Martha’s school had been “brilliant and supportive from the beginning.” He says he contacted his local council who confirmed it was their decision to ban Martha’s photography. A confusing decision perhaps, but if you take a look at the standard of some of the cuisine featured on the blog, the council’s reasons for not wanting it beamed around the world might become clearer….”
Martha’s goodbye (posted yesterday June 14th):
“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. I don’t think I will be able to finish raising enough money for a kitchen for Mary’s Meals either.
The post continues with comments from Martha’s dad. As of 8:30 am Toronto time Wednesday June 15th, 982 comments have been posted on her blog in response to Martha’s goodbye.