Nine year old British schoolgirl called to the office over blogging photos of the food she eats at her school cafeteria

From The Verge, which, for the most part, is a technology blog:

Photo from nine-year-old Martha’s blog “Never Seconds”. That’s Martha on the right, getting some personal cooking instruction from chef Nick Nairn. Click image to go to that post.

“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….”

Read more on The Verge.

Martha’s blog “Never Seconds”.

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.

Goodbye,
VEG

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.

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10 responses to “Nine year old British schoolgirl called to the office over blogging photos of the food she eats at her school cafeteria

  1. Sally_Oh

    Would love to see her parents take her out of school and homeschool her. That child has a gift — she doesn’t need more institutionalization!!!

  2. Those of you that think your rights come from guberment ought to be proud. This is the end result of your belief.

  3. Loren Morris

    I logged a complaint with the council that shut her down. Everyone should: http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/forms/comments-and-complaints

  4. Censorship. Pure and simple. ‘They’ don’t want the world to know what they’re doing, because they know it’s wrong. If they didn’t think it was wrong, they’d proudly show it off.

  5. thebovine

    Now as of 5:16 pm, Martha’s comment count is up to 2,246. Traffic on this post today is currently 2,551 hits. 1,094 people have gone on to read Martha’s blog from our link. And much of the traffic to this post on The Bovine seems to be coming from Facebook.

  6. The Bovine

    Council reverses censorship decision:

    “In a triumph of common sense over excessive regulation, the Scottish council that this week decided to ban a young schoolgirl from taking pictures and blogging about the meals served at her school’s cafeteria has today reversed its decision. The announcement was made live on BBC Radio 4’s The World at One program, where the leader of Argyll and Bute council Roddy McCuish revealed that he has “instructed senior officials to immediately withdraw the ban on pictures from the school dining hall.” Saying that there’s no room for censorship in his council and “there never will be,” McCuish goes on to say that he’ll be meeting with the nine-year-old girl’s father next week to work out a suitable way forward. In the meantime, young Martha is free to once again resume her candid analysis of school meals over at the NeverSeconds blog.”

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/15/3089063/neverseconds-food-blog-ban-reversal-uk

    • Gordon S Watson

      proving you can shove back against the idiots / censors : ab assuetis non fit injuria = you cannot assert your rights from a seated position. As the Battling Barrister – and foremost champion of free speech – Douglas Christie always says : Freedom of Expression IS the issue” … so this is a wonderful victory = she’ll be OK as long as she doesn’t use the “R: word / dare to critique the fare on some multi-cult high holy day

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