The extremely popular blog, NeverSeconds, in which a schoolgirl posted pictures of her school dinners, has been forced to shut down by her local council.
Martha Payne, 9, set up a blog to highlight the standards of her school dinners and posted pictures of each dinner. She soon attracted attention from all over the world, with hundreds of other school children sending pictures of what they were having to eat (often looking far superior to our piffling little excuses for lunches.)
Is it right that a council is ordering a blog to shut down merely for telling the truth and exercising freedom of speech over something as innocent as food?!
She’s 9 years old for goodness sake, and has only spoken up because of the frankly meagre looking lunches.
I saw the blog, and read it. To be honest, some of those dinners looked like they wouldn’t fill a sparrow, never mind a growing child.
Not only has she set up a blog to highlight the problem, she has also raised money for a charity that sets up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.
She ought to be applauded for having the determination and creativity to do all that at the tender age of 9, not be stifled and have it all taken away.
What do you think?
Update: The council has now done a U-turn and reversed their decision. The power of social media and negative publicity 🙂