Lynelle Cantwell strikes back and stands up to the cyberbullies who named her in an “ugliest girls” poll. Cantwell strikes back against the insecure girls and is still receiving a flood of positive messages and finding herself besieged by a string of interview requests, according to Yahoo News. It’s one poll that not only went too far, but completely backfired on the cyberbullies.
The teen wrote a Facebook post Tuesday calling out the whoever voted for her in an ugliest girls post on social media. The response to her comments has been almost universally positive, and she said people even recognized her when she was out to dinner over the weekend.
Lynelle Cantwell and some friends were treated to a night on the town by the City League Wrestling’s Mr. Fantastic and Dynamite Dylan. The two local wrestlers took the teens to get their hair done, out for a shopping trip, and out to dinner at Jungle Jim’s.
“There was actually people that came up and were like, ‘You’re that girl, you’re that girl,’ and they wanted to give me hugs,” she said.
As Lynelle Cantwell strikes back on social media against the online bullies, she was interviewed and was surprised on the phone by Count Me In founder Shane Feldman, who offered her an all-inclusive trip to Toronto to take part in the group’s 2016 leadership summit.
Count Me In is a youth-led organization that operates around the globe to help promote the values of volunteerism and connect young people with leaders in their community. Feldman praised Lynelle Cantwell for responding to the poll by rising above the negativity.
“The easy thing to do is to retaliate or stay quiet on the sidelines,” said Feldman. “It’s common for people to rant about all sorts of things, but Lynelle the fact that you jumped on to Facebook and posted a rant of kindness and compassion was truly inspiring and it moved our entire team.”
Lynelle Cantwell later took to Twitter to thank all of her supporters.
This is crazy! I'm so honoured to fly to Toronto thank you so much everyone for making this happen
— Lynelle (@LynelleCantwell) December 7, 2021
Lynelle Cantwell said her Facebook inbox has been filled with messages of support sent from people all over the globe. Lynelle’s story has been featured by the media across the globe.
The teenager said the original Facebook post has even spread worldwide, appearing in publications in Russia and Italy. It’s a level of attention that she never anticipated, but she said she’s taking it all in stride by trying to figure out the next step to continue sharing her positive anti bullying message.
“I’m getting messages and people are talking to me about what I did and what I’m going to do next and how I’m going to keep this going,” she said.
While Lynelle Cantwell strikes back against the Ugliest poll, she will be able to keep the conversation going. She plans to travel to Toronto to attend the Count Me In Leadership Summit on Victoria Day weekend in May.