People can be mean for no real reason. They can be looking for a laugh, but then it becomes at someone else’s expense. Even light teasing can really hurt someone — but it will get brushed off as a joke and that it was never meant to harm. One girl ended up as the brunt of a joke that she wasn’t supposed to find out about. But she did and she was greatly hurt by it. She could have lashed out and fought fire with fire, but took the high road instead. In the end, she turned a bad situation into something we can all learn from.
Lynelle Cantwell was in her last year of high school.
Thinking she’d made it out of the worst of bullying and teasing, she was in for a surprise.
She found out that some boys from her math class had started a poll on ask.fm.
The question? Who’s the ugliest girl in the school?
And Lynelle’s name was sitting in fourth place.
She knew some of the other people who made it on the list and a few of her friends were voted for “prettiest girl.”
Instead of lashing out, Lynelle expressed her sadness in a Facebook post.
“To the person that made the ‘ugliest girls in grade 12 at HTH’ ask.FM straw poll,”
“I’m sorry that your life is so miserable that you have to try to bring others down.”
“To the 12 people that voted for me to bring me to 4th place,”
“I’m sorry for you, too. I’m sorry that you don’t get to know me as a person. I know that I’m not the prettiest thing to look at. I know I have a double chin and I fit in XL clothes. I know I don’t have the perfect smile or the perfect face. But I’m sorry for you. Not myself.”
“I’m sorry that you’ll never get the chance to know the kind of person I am.”
“I may not look okay on the outside, but I’m funny, nice, kind, down to earth, not judgmental, accepting, helpful, and I’m super easy to talk to.”
“That’s the same for every other girl on that list that you all put-down.”
“Just because we don’t look perfect on the outside, does not mean we are ugly. If that’s your idea of ugly, then I feel sorry for you. Like seriously? Get a life.”
But that’s not where things ended for Lynelle.
Lynelle was then interviewed on a morning show and took an all-expenses paid trip to the “Count Me In” Leadership Conference in Toronto, Ontario.
She and two friends were also able to experience a day at “The Hair Strand Salon and Spa,” a complimentary outfit at “Eclipse,” and a free meal at “Jungle Jims.”
Her goal was to turn something negative into something positive. She has succeeded.
“Everyone is coming up to me and saying, ‘Oh my gosh, your Facebook status, it’s so beautifully written and doing such a good job and I’m so proud of you. Everything is just so positive.'”
How do you think Lynelle handled this situation? Let us know!