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Boy in wheelchair left to the side in class photo

A second grader with spinal muscular atrophy was forced to sit off to the size during his class photo.

Miles Ambridge was set apart in his class photo. Miles Ambridge was set apart in his class photo.

A photo makings its rounds on the Internet has sparked controversy involving a disabled boy.While we like to believe there was no malicious intent behind this photo, it’s still heartbreaking.

A Canadian second grader with spinal muscular atrophy was forced to sit off to the size during his class photo.

“I couldn’t comprehend how the photographer could look through the lens and think that this was good composition,” Miles Ambridge’s mom Anne Belanger told the Toronto Star. “This just boggled the mind.”

Belanger also does not believe this was a malicious act, but rather that there just wasn’t much thinking behind it.

Miles, who looks extremely happy in the photo, is also leaning to his right – to be closer to his classmates, his parents believe.

“For some reason it makes me feel even worse that he’s so happy in the picture,” Miles’ dad, Don Ambridge, said. “I think it’s because he’s still innocent. … He’s still naïve to how other people can treat him.”

Belanger said she did not show the photo to her 7-year-old son.

“Look at the angle that he was in. He wants to be part of the gang so much.”

Miles’ school, Herbert Spencer Elementary, said it will no longer be employing the photography company for its services.

Follow Mary Ann Georgantopoulos on Twitter @marygeorgant

 
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