Now, onto my blog.
Eight-year-old Sophia Spencer adores bugs. Grasshoppers are her particular favorite, and she was often seen giving one a ride on her shoulder. Classmates made fun of her for this habit, calling her weird and gross for her love of insects. Sophia's mom Nicole, didn't want Sophia to turn from her natural interest because of the teasing. In fact, she wanted to encourage Sophia's passion. She wrote to the Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) for support, hoping for penpal for her daughter.
ESC did one better. A tweet went out to their membership.
A young girl who loves insects is being bullied & needs our support. DM your email; we'll connect you! #BugsR4Girls pic.twitter.com/kjtfSJSlre— Ent Soc of Canada (@CanEntomologist)
Responses poured in, giving both Nicole and Sophia assurance that a bug-loving girl was not weird, that it was in fact totally cool. Then Sophia joined forces with an entomology grad student named Morgan Jackson. Together, they wrote a paper about how to use Twitter to promote women in science. So yes, this formerly ostracized 8-year-old has a publication credit to her name.
Let's hope her classmates don't bug her anymore. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)