Imagine Argyll and Bute Council, being afraid of a 9 year-old school child.
They must be.
Argyll and Bute Council, have stopped a 9 year old school girl from writing and posting photos of her school dinners on her Blog. Maybe it is that they are ashamed of the school dinners they provide for the students each day.
Come on, look at all the bloggers and newspapers out there that produce articles and review meals that they have eaten in Restaurants. Some of them are hardly complimentary while others have you drooling as you read through the menu.
Surely this young lady is no different. She writes and rates the meals each day and produces a photograph to show her followers the plate before she starts the meal. It is all done with the full backing and encouragement of the staff at her school.
Yesterday ‘Veg’ on her blog NeverSeconds had this to say:
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.
I think the Council have opened a hornet’s nest. Veg’s site had over 2 million hits and on Thursday the twittersphere has exploded with support. Her dad Dave was interviewed on BBC Today Programme this morning and the link has a clip from the item. The Council were invited to take part in the programme, buy declined or were unable to find anyone to take part!
Veg was blogging about FOOD and not porn. She lives in the UK and not behind an ‘iron curtain’ (remember that?) or in China where silencing seems to be the norm.
Encouraging the enthusiasm of a nine year old, in school or home is important. I do hope this episode does not have the opposite effect.
UPDATE: 13:27 A member of Argyll and Bute Council is on the radio, saying they have rescinded the ban placed on Veg’s blog and will be meeting with her and her father early next week.