A teen who was designated the "fourth ugliest girl" in her Canadian high school has prevailed over the bullying with powerful words of wisdom and kindness.
On Nov. 30, a former senior at Holy Trinity Regional High in Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Lynelle Cantwell discovered that she and some other teens at her school were the target of an "ugliest girl" straw poll on Ask.fm.
Cantwell said she was originally distraught and spent all day trying to devise a response to the cruel bullying.
“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 CBC News.
She ultimately decided to reply on Facebook while taking the high road. This was her epic response:
“I'm sorry that you get amusement out of making people feel like s---. 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 that's your idea of ugly then i feel sorry for you. Like seriously? Get a life.”
Her incredible reply was shared more than 3,000 times in the first day.
Cantwell said she has been overcome by the sympathetic reactions she has received from all over Canada — 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.”
“I’m extremely proud of her. She’s taken an ugly situation and turned it into something beautiful,” Cantwell’s mother told The Globe and Mail.
The poised teen's class even encompasses 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.”
Cantwell also has a message for other victims of bullying: “Always keep the high route and don’t sink to the bully’s standards.”
Local authorities say they are investigating the incident of bullying which goes against school policy.