Friday, January 18, 2008
The Picture Controversy
(Kim is on the far left)
Kim has made national news over an unfortunate incident that took place in November involving her 13-year-old daughter and two of her daughters friends. Below is a link to the original story from our local news.
Local news link
I was really blown away the day I logged onto my home page and saw Kim's photo staring back at me and then read the story. I thought it had blown over in the weeks following, but she was recently contacted by the Dr. Phil show and agreed to be on for a segment about mean girls and bullies. Kim and her daughter flew to California and filmed the show yesterday. The father of the accused girl was on The O'Reilley Factor a while back, and though I didn't see it, I heard O'Reilly wasn't very sympathetic to his argument in defense of his daughter.
The father has also set up a website in support of his daughter and has been rallying against the actions taken by the school district and the media attention. I spent much of last night reading his site but prefer not to post a link to it from here. It's very much a "he said/she said" kind of thing. Obviously, both sets of parents are trying to protect their daughters. It's actually a very unfortunate incident for everyone involved.
The controversy and argument for the father seems to be that the school district became involved in an incident that took place over a weekend in his home. The school became involved when the girls started sending the picture to other students during school hours on school property and punished those involved. I read that the girls have been reinstated to the cheerleading squad.
All of us girls (in the above photo) are talking about having a get together when the show airs. It's not everyday that someone you know and grew up with ends up being in the midst of a controversy that receives national attention. Of course, we all wish this had never happened in the first place.
I truly wish Kim and especially her daughter the best.
Note: If you're interested in reading more on this story google "**Alvin** cheerleader**".
The show will air on Monday, January 21st.