Class photo shows disabled student separated from peers

Miles Ambridge is seen sitting away from his classmates to the right of this class photo.

Outrage over a disabled boy's placement in his second grade class photo has led to much condemnation, forcing the photographer to retake the photo.

Miles Ambridge, 7, suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which confines him to a wheelchair at home, at school, and every minute in between. By all accounts, he is a bright child with a beaming smile.

Even in his class photo, Miles beams with excitement. However, it's hard not to argue that in that same class photo, he has been placed apart from his classmates.

When Miles, a second-grader at Hebert Spencer Elementary School in Canada, brought his class photo home, his parents were shocked to see that their son was separated from the rest of his 22 classmates.

â??I couldnâ??t comprehend how the photographer could look through the lens and think that this was good composition. ... [T]his just boggled the mind,â?? said mother Anne Belanger, according to the Toronto Star. â??Being picked on and being set aside is horrendous and this was what was happening.â??

The photography studio, after much convincing by Miles' parents, agreed to retake the photo with Miles sitting on the bench with the help of an aide. The boys' parents say that they feel no ill-will toward the school or photographer.


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