Lynelle Cantwell strikes back after she was named the “ugliest” girl at her high school, but while Cantwell’s response to her peers might sound inspirational for some, Lynelle’s words are also filled with the kind of pain that all too many can relate to: “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.”
Lynelle Cantwell is striking back at her cyberbullies according to a December 7 Canadian CBC report. Less than a week after being called the ugliest girl at Holy Trinity High School in Newfoundland, the 17-year-old senior high school student is appearing on national TV shows, is being interviewed on radio shows, and is being featured in international news magazines.
It was just about a week ago that the 12th-grader found out from a friend during her math class that her name showed up on the top of the “ugly list” in a poll on ask.FM, a popular question and answer site. “The poll asked people to vote for the ugliest girl at Holy Trinity High School, where Lynelle attends, and more than 100 people voted anonymously.
“I’m not going to lie; learning about the poll really tore me up inside,” Lynelle told TODAY.com. “But, after [I] saw all of the support I got after I posted that message on Facebook, my confidence was boosted more than before. I’m overwhelmed with the response. I don’t even have words for it. I’m trying to show people to combat negativity with positivity and I hope people are getting the message.”
Lynelle Cantwell’s complete December 1 Facebook response to her anonymous cyberbullies has gained more than 6,000 supportive responses. Her complete post to being cyber-bullied was the following:
“To the person that made the ‘ugliest girls in grade 12 at hth’ ask.FM 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 shit. 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 thats your idea of ugly then i feel sorry for you. Like seriously? Get a life.”
Lynelle Cantwell strikes back at her cyberbullies intellectually, but the fact that this quite beautiful girl is considering herself to be “not the prettiest thing to look at” is heartbreaking for many who remember what it was like to be a teenager and to see the world with different eyes. As one of the comments to Lynelle Cantwell’s post reads, “The only people who belong on a ‘List’ are the people who had any involvement. You’re not ugly, at all! So far from ugly you can’t see it. The worst thing a person can have is a ugly personality. And apparently, there’s a few of them around. Ignorance is bliss. Those people who put others down, are the ones who end up alone in life. Because people get tired of their negativity.”