Parents Upset That Their Wheelchair Bound Kid Is Left Out Of Class Photo
The parents of 7-year-old son Miles Ambridge were upset when they saw their son’s second grade class photo, which featured Miles set off to the side from the rest of his class. Miles is in a wheelchair due to spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that attacks nerve cells in the spinal cord.
Miles’ mother says, “I couldn’t comprehend how the photographer could look through the lens and think that this was good composition . . . this just boggled the mind.” Miles’ father was just as upset when he saw the photo. He even requested that the school, Herbert Spencer Elementary School, have the company come back and retake the class photo.
But in the meantime, Miles’ father took the photo the company took of the class and posted it on their Facebook page. The company took the photo down due to privacy laws and said they had sent it to their head office, but Belanger later posted the photo again with the kids’ faces blurred out. The company, Lifetouch, agreed that the photographer made a mistake and sent another photographer to the school to take a second class photo.
Miles’ father says, “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.”
We ask, what do you think about this story? Was it an honest mistake, or did the photographer strategically put Miles out of the photo for cropping purposes? And how upset would you have been had this happened to your child?
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