Category Archives: Power of Social Media

Family Launches Social Media Debate After Daughter is told by Pool Employees that she Must Wear a Swim Top

A family in Ontario, Canada are calling for revisions to a public policy. According to the official report, the family, consisting of Cory McLean, partner Anika Warmington and their four children, were enjoying a day at a public poolwhen their only daughter was told she needed to put on a top if she wanted to stay at the pool.

According to McLean and Warmington, their four children, three boys and one girl, were wearing just bottoms at the local pool when a staff member approached them. They asked the girl, Marlee, age 8, how old she was and then requested that she put on a top. According to the pool’s public policy all girls over the age of four must wear a top at the pool.

Kevin Seawright says Marlee’s parents took to social media to discuss the incident, arguing that because Marlee is undeveloped she shouldn’t be made to wear a shirt if she doesn’t want to. Thousands have weighed in on the issue, with people seemingly divided over whether or not an 8-year-old girl should be topless in public.

Warmington and McLean argue that their child was embarrassed by the request, and they are calling for a change in the policy.

Local Man Spots Bullshark Off Ocean Isle Beach and Becomes Internet Sensation

It was their yearly vacation and Gregory Phillips was with his family in Ocean Isle, NC doing what they do best, relaxing. Around dusk, Phillips and his mother were walking and collecting sea shells. The Chillicothe, Ohio Spanish teacher wasn’t looking, but the looming attacks on the teens from the past few days had everyone on guard. He heard a man yelling in the distance for his son to get in off his boogie board. Brad Reifler said that with panic, many people came to the shore to see the bull shark that was floating in 2-3 feet of water.

About 6 feet in length, the shark was swimming back and forth where the waves break. The quick thinking teacher got out his phone and started recording. What started as a video shared on Facebook with his family and friends went viral nationally in a short amount of time. The video was shown on the Today show this morning and Phillips and his family have appeared in the newspaper in Ocean Isle and also in Chillicothe.

No this is no ordinary vacation for the family, but I am sure it is one they will never forget. It’s amazing that so many sharks are making their way to the shoreline. While intriguing, it is also very scary. There are children on these beaches and planes patrolling in the sky. The once family oriented beaches have only a few people on them. Phillips and his family caught a break. According to him, his children were in the waters just a few minutes earlier.