Scottish primary school student Martha Payne started a food blog back in April to rate and review the food from her school’s cafeteria. Recently, her blog, NeverSeconds, has gained popularity on the Internet, and attention from the school board.
The latest entry on NeverSeconds, posted yesterday, was a “Goodbye” note, explaining that she was banned from taking pictures of her school meals. The school explained that her brutally truthful exposé of the quality of the cafeteria food, while forcing the school board to make much-needed changes to the food quality, was endangering the jobs of the cafeteria workers. But this blow to Martha’s blog wasn’t just detrimental to one little girl’s internet presence — in her goodbye note, Martha explained that she was afraid that losing her ability to blog would prevent her from raising her goal amount for Mary’s Meals, a charity that sets up school feeding programs in poverty-stricken areas.
But with the support of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Mary’s Meals, as well as a huge rally of support on the Internet, it was announced this morning that Martha will be allowed to continue taking pictures, thus saving her blog, and proving that one person, no matter how young, can make a difference.
Was the school justified in banning Martha’s pictures, lovelies? Or is it better that she can continue making a difference?