Pupil’s war crime claim goes vi­ral

Ava says teacher broke Geneva Con­ven­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

An 11-year-old girl from Cam­bus­lang has be­come an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion af­ter claim­ing her school had com­mit­ted a war crime.

Ava Bell made the claim on a teacher feed­back form which her dad Gavin pho­tographed and posted on Twit­ter.

“Not sure if I should ground her or buy her ice cream,” Gavin mused on the tweet, which has been liked by 531,000 peo­ple.

Ava’s com­plaint was that a teacher had is­sued a collective pun­ish­ment when only one per­son had mis­be­haved.

This, she said, broke the 1949 Geneva Con­ven­tion and was a war crime.

Her au­thor dad Gavin, who writes as Ma­son Cross, said: “I should clar­ify that she thinks her teacher is awe­some.

“It’s just this as­pect of the ed­u­ca­tional jus­tice sys­tem she has an is­sue with.”

Ex­plain­ing that he came across the feed­back form in a folder at a par­ent teacher evening, Gavin said he was not at all sur­prised by her re­sponse.

Stat­ing she was 11 go­ing on 47, he said: “It was com­pletely in char­ac­ter. It’s the sort of thing she does, she will al­ways Google things. She does have a Google habit, she likes find­ing out about new things. She has ob­vi­ously heard of the Geneva Con­ven­tions and looked it up.” Com­ment­ing on the on­line at­ten­tion, Gavin said he was blown away by the 164,000 peo­ple who shared it on so­cial me­dia.

He said: “I thought it was quite funny. I thought it would get some retweets with our friends and fam­ily.

“I posted it and went into a meet­ing. When I came out it went up to 3,000 likes, It was very un­ex­pected. Ava is tak­ing it all in her stride.”

Com­ment­ing on the Gavin’s tweet @Pat­tyAr­quette wrote: “There will be a time soon when she leaves the nest and you will be very happy that she is strong and won’t take any grief.”

@GenS­tans added: “Ava for Prime Min­is­ter!”

And pre­sented with the choice be­tween ice cream or pun­ish­ment, Twit­ter users over­whelm­ingly voted in favour of the sweet treat.

Ice-creamTwit­ter users voted for a treat

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