Canadian student responds to classmates in a Facebook post

By Julie Mazziotta
Updated December 04, 2015 01:30 PM

High school can be a cruel place, regardless of where you live. But Canadian teen Lynelle Cantwell isn’t letting the bullies at her Newfoundland school bring her down.

Cantwell says that a classmate created a poll to rank the “ugliest girls in grade 12 at [Holy Trinity High]” on Ask.FM, an anonymous chat app, and she was voted to fourth place.

Instead of letting their comments hurt her self-esteem, she turned the tables on her bullies and responded to them in a Facebook post that’s going viral.

“I’m sorry that you don’t get to know me as a person,” she writes. “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’ll never get the chance to know the kind of person i am. 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.”

Holy Trinity High School principal Andrew Hickey sent out a letter Thursday to parents saying that they’re addressing the problem of cyberbullying at the Torbay, Newfoundland, school.

“[Staff and guidance counselors] spent time today visiting high school classes,” Hickey writes in the letter, which was posted on the school’s website. “The outpouring of student support has been tremendous.”

“We commend our students who are standing up to the bullies. Throughout this event we will continue to rally behind each other, support each other, and promote a positive and caring school environment.”

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Cantwell told CBC News Wednesday that she wanted to turn a bad experience into something good.

“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.”

Cantwell’s post has been shared almost 4,000 times, with people showing support for the teen, not only online but also by calling and texting to thank her. One person even sent flowers.

“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,’ ” she told CBC News.

“Everything is just so positive.”