By May 15th, the site had received so much media attention the local Council showed up at the school, along with a reporter. Jamie Oliver caught wind of the blog, tweeted it to his thousands of followers, and sent her a signed copy of his “Great Britain” book of recipes, calling her a “clever girl” and telling her to “Keep it up!!”
Apparently the Council was not amused and went on national radio to accuse Martha of simply making bad choices. That did not sit well with the Argyll Rural School Network (ARSN). On May 16th, the ForArgyll Web site posted the ARSN press statement:
The revelation that some children in Argyll & Bute are being fed inadequate meals at school is of huge concern to ARSN. Equally appalling is the Council’s response which was to use national radio to blame a 9 year old and her parents. This is symptomatic of a council unable to treat, and respond to, criticism in a constructive manner. Rather than look into the problem they simply shoot the messenger. We are aware that some of our schools deliver first class lunches for all their pupils and see no reason why this child should settle for less.
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