Eight year old bullied for love of bugs lands a spot in scientific journal
This little girl is testimony to the fact that all kids' loves and fascinations need to be encouraged.
Eight-year-old Sofia Spencer is a little girl from Ontario Canada who is absolutely fascinated with bugs.
For many people finding a job or hobby that they love so much takes years, but Sophia was one of the lucky ones. She knew she had a knack for the outdoors and insects at an incredibly young age.
— Nicole&SophiaSpencer (@sigalmummy775) September 4, 2016
However, schoolmates and bullies found her fascination with the creatures odd and yuck and Sophia ended up being bullied for bringing her insects to school.
Sophia’s mum, Nicole Spencer knew something had to be done because she was fearful her little girl would stop doing what she loved.
Mum decided to write a letter to the Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) asking for suggestions on how to nurture her daughter’s passion. Little did she know how big things would get from here.
— Ent Soc of Canada (@CanEntomologist) August 25, 2016
Nicole’s email was forwarded to Morgan Jackson who runs ESC’s social media platforms and he took to tweeting the email to his colleagues.
From here, the inspiration, support and encouragement absolutely plummeted for Sophia.
she can contact my lab anytime! We are happy to send her papers, nets, whatever will keep her entomology passion going!
— Jessica L Ware Lab (@JessicaLWareLab) August 25, 2016
I am not an entomologist but have a bug mad kid (7yo) in Australia if she would like a pen pal - let me know!
— Jacki Liddle (@jacki_liddle) August 25, 2016
— Emily Owenz (@emilyowenz) August 27, 2016
In the world of high school banality, being called weird is like a badge of honor. I loved being the weird bug girl.
— Judy Schmidt (@SpaceGeck) August 25, 2016
Later in the year, Jackson decided he would write a scientific paper on the experience focusing on how social media can make such a difference. Just this month it was published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America, AND best of all, little Sophia got the spot of co-author. A very BIG deal indeed!
— Nicole&SophiaSpencer (@sigalmummy775) May 20, 2017
Not only was her obsession and enthusiasm for insects amplified, she’s now pretty much a full-blown scientist! We can be sure this is one giant step in the right direction for an eight-year-old who wants to pursue her very cool and important goals.