School portraits are to be remembered forever. However, the one that appears above will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. The photo caused controversy in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. Parents of the boy who appears on the right were not exactly psyched that their adorable son was placed so far away from his classmates because he was in a wheelchair for the second grade photo.
The boy, a 7-year-old named Miles Ambridge, was was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when he was 13 months old. The genetic disease leads muscle damage and weakness. His mother, Anne Belanger, said to the Toronto Star that she was “heartbroken” upon seeing the photo:
I couldn’t comprehend how the photographer could look through the lens and think that this was good composition… this just boggled the mind. [...] Being picked on and being set aside is horrendous and this was what was happening.
To make sure Miles' feelings aren't hurt, he hasn't been shown the photo. His father Don wants the school to request that the photography company retake a class portrait. The company has offered to reshoot the image, though the school has yet to comment on the controversy. Miles' mother also added that she didn't think the photo was done so as "a malicious act" but felt that the photographer didn't think rationally. We have to agree.