Why’d they do this little boy like that? SMH
Anne Belanger was heartbroken when she discovered her son had been placed off to the side in his Grade 2 class photo.
“I couldn’t comprehend how the photographer could look through the lens and think that this was good composition . . . this just boggled the mind,” she said.
In the photo, the class is arranged in three rows, with the teacher standing on the left.
To the far right is 7-year-old son Miles Ambridge. He’s leaning from his wheelchair, an empty space separating him from his classmates.
“Being picked on and being set aside is horrendous and this was what was happening,” said Belanger, of New Westminster, B.C.
Looking at the photo, she said questioned why nothing was done or discussed in trying to include Miles in the picture.
“The only alternative seemed to be to set him aside,” Belanger said.
She said that being in a wheelchair comes with an additional set of challenges for Miles, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 13 months, a genetic disease that attacks nerve cells in the spinal cord.
Miles’ momma wasn’t the only one who wasn’t feelin’ the photograph…
Miles’ father Don Ambridge, who saw the photo first, was disgusted and appalled and demanded that Herbert Spencer Elementary School ask the company to retake the picture. A spokesman for the school could not be reached for comment Friday.
Belanger also posted the photo on the company’s Facebook page. The firm later offer to retake the photo, according to local media reports.
Belanger said discrimination is still a daily reality for people with disabilities and she wanted to shed light on the stigma surrounding it.
“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,” Belanger said.
Miles’ parents have opted not to show the photo to their son.
Belanger said Miles is “aware that he’s different, he’s aware that he’s in a wheelchair” and they were trying their best not to hurt his feelings.
That’s that bullisht! The kids on the front row could have moved down a little to make room for poor lil’ Miles to get closer! SMMFH
Image via Ambridge Family