High school and bullying seem to increasingly go hand in hand. At Holy Trinity High School in Newfoundland, Canada, an online poll started to go around.
Senior Lynelle Cantwell found an online poll that was taking votes for the “ugliest girls” in her graduating class. To her surprise, she saw that she was one of the nominees. The poll was conceived by a few boys in her class, along with a separate poll for the “prettiest girls.”
In a count of approximately 100 anonymous voters, 12 people voted her as the “ugliest.” This put her in 4th place for the “ugliest girl” ranking.
“I saw that I was fourth and I was like, ‘wow.’ I felt hurt, like really really hurt. Not gonna lie, it tore me apart a little bit.” Cantwell said.
She decided to respond by writing a Facebook post. Here’s what it read:
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 get amusement out of making people feel like shit. 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 judgemental, accepting, helpful, and i’m super easy to talk to. Thats 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 thats your idea of ugly then i feel sorry for you. Like seriously? Get a life.
Her post has since been shared over 7,000 times and the overwhelming support she got from across the Internet boosted her confidence.
“I’m overwhelmed with the response,” she said. I’m trying to show people to combat negativity with positivity, and I hope people are getting the message.”