“This was not a malicious act. I don’t think it was done on purpose. I just don’t think there was any rational thinking behind it.”
That’s what Anne Belanger, the mother of 7-year-old Miles Ambridge, a second-grader with spinal muscular atrophy, told the Toronto Star
with regard to her son’s class picture a little over a week ago:
Miles’ separation from the rest of the class set off blog posts
, particularly after The Huffington Post
picked up the story. Miles’s father, Don Ambridge, contacted the school and asked for the photo to be retaken. Belanger posted the picture to the photography company’s Facebook page and requested the same.
That seems to have done the trick. The photography company, Lifetouch, returned to Miles’ school in New Westminster, British Columbia, and took a new photo, in which Miles is right up front:
Lifetouch posted this message to its Facebook page
soon after the controversy over the photo erupted:
“Lifetouch believes all students should be treated with respect and train our photographers accordingly. We made a mistake at Herbert Spencer elementary and we are sorry, but it was never intentional. We worked directly with the family and school to retake the class photo and the new portrait was delivered yesterday.”
Some of the social media advocates who had initially complained accepted the apology.
“I think that the second picture that you took for Miles Ambridge was great,” wrote one Facebook commenter. “Way to make things better!”
Others still weren’t satisfied.
“I am surprised your company was not sued for some form of discrimination,” another commenter wrote.
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