Girl on being voted ‘ugliest’: Lynelle Cantwell Strikes Back
Published: December 9, 2015
Girl on being voted ‘ugliest’: Lynelle Cantwell Strikes Back, A teen who was voted the ‘fourth ugliest girl’ in her high school has triumphed over the bullying with words of strength and compassion.
Lynelle Cantwell, who is a senior at Holy Trinity Regional High in Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, found out on Monday that she and some other girls at her school were the subject of an ‘ugliest girl’ straw poll on Ask.fm.
Cantwell told CBC News that initially very upset, she spent all day trying to think up what her response would be to such a cruel jab.
‘I wanted to be the bigger person, and instead of fighting fire with fire, I decided to fight it a different way and make something that was really negative into something really positive,’ she told the outlet.
Then it came to her. She would respond on Facebook – and take the high road.
She wrote: ‘To the person that made the ‘ugliest girls in grade 12 at hth’ 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 s**t. 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 [sic], 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 that’s your idea of ugly then i feel sorry for you. Like seriously? Get a life.’
Her post has since been shared over 3,000 times in a day.
She said she has been overwhelmed the supportive responses she has received from all over Canada – and that someone even sent her flowers.
‘I’m getting so many messages I can’t answer all of them,’ she told CBC. ‘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.’
Cantwell’s mother, Brenda, told The Globe and Mail: ‘I’m extremely proud of her. She’s taken an ugly situation and turned it into something beautiful.’
The confident teen’s class even extends to her tormentors, saying: ‘I know that sometimes when you do stuff like this to people it’s because you are either not confident in yourself or you have a bad home life.
‘I’d probably tell them if they need help with anything, with any confidence, that I’m there for them.’
She also told other victims of bullying to ‘Always keep the high route and don’t sink to the bully’s standards.’
The local authorities say they are looking into the matter since bullying is against school policy.
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