If like me you are increasingly unsure of who to vote for on May 7th and are considering voting for a smaller party out of protest I wanted to pass on some words of warning. In 2005 at my school prom I voted for a girl with alopecia to win Prom Queen in protest against the idea of rewarding young girls based on their physical appearance. Of course my vote had no bearing on the result of the contest and after learning of my vote the young girl began to persistently call my house phone. There was some history between us as she had previously cornered me during a game of kiss chase, I was never the fastest of children and she was so aerodynamic that she was able to accost me with the authority and appearance of Pierluigi Colina. The girl was bullied throughout secondary school, only experiencing a brief 3 month respite which coincided with the rising popularity of Sinead O’Connor and so my vote gave her a real boost.
My mum was able to field the phone calls for a while but not to be dissuaded the girl turned up at our house with her 3 older brothers who all suffered from the same condition. Neighbours and onlookers thought they were witnessing an EDL rally and the police were called.
This incident brought much shame and embarrassment to both families. Ironically the young girl flew to America for treatment and recently won the title of Miss Seattle, whilst our school Prom Queen continues to battle with depression and on-going weight issues.