Martha has photographed school dinners, raised money for charity, drawn 2 million hits to her web site and been banned from blogging by her council. At 9-years of age she is about to get a little more famous as Twitter gets outraged at this appalling decision by Argyll and Bute Council.
Martha started blogging in April 2012 in order to post a picture of each of her school dinners. As she said:
Every post will have a pic and a list!
Food-o-meter- Out of 10 a rank of how great my lunch was!
Mouthfuls- How else can we judge portion size!
Courses- Starter/main or main/dessert
Health Rating- Out of 10, can healthy foods top the food-o-meter?
Price- Currently £2 I think, its all done on a cashless catering card
Pieces of hair- It wont happen, will it?
Never Seconds raised £2000 for Mary’s Meals charity which “sets up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. The charity now feeds more than 600,000 children every school day and it costs just £10.70 / €12.40 / $16.80 to feed a child for a year”.
Today Martha was called in to her head mistress’s office and told that she could no longer photograph the food at her school after a newspaper headline.
You can write to Argyll and Bute Council to complain about their decision through their contact form.
The following is what I wrote:
I think it is such a shame that an enterprising little girl such as Martha ran her own blog, raised money for charity and managed to raise such publicity for a public function and you stopped her from transmitting such information.
Public school meals should be transparent and council functions are meant to be accountable. I hope you reverse this simply anachronistic, and close minded, decision and allow this little girl to not only do a good deed but to serve as a democratic citizen holding you to account.
Update: Never Seconds is allowed to keep taking photographs. Here is the updated statement by the council: http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/news/2012/jun/statement-school-meals-argyll-and-bute-council