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Photographer refuses to take pictures of bullies

INDIANA COUNTY, PA (WTAE/CNN) – A Pennsylvania photographer canceled a photo shoot of girls she says are cyber bullies. 

"I don't want to photograph them, I don't want them to be a part of my business image, and I don't want them on my blog," Jennifer McKendrick explained.

McKendrick was supposed to take the girls' senior pictures, but says she saw the four Indiana County High School seniors bullying other kids on an anonymous Facebook page.

"It was beyond 'your clothes are ugly' or 'you don't have any name brand clothes' or 'you are ugly, your hair is not right,'" McKendrick said. "It was vicious, it was talking about sexuality."

The page identifies students by name and attacks them. McKendrick took screen shots of the comments and sent them to her clients' parents, saying she saw their child's internet behavior and was canceling their sessions and refunding their $200 deposit.

"I got a couple responses that said thank you for letting them know, that they were unaware what was going on and that they would take care of it,'" McKendrick said.

After notifying the parents, McKendrick wrote a blog about it, saying she was no longer photographing people who are ugly on the inside.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive, McKendrick says, with supporters saying they would be surprised if she received any backlash, that the parents of these girls should be appalled and that bullying affects people their whole lives.

"I knew about it, and it was going to be difficult for me to spend the time during the session trying to take these beautiful images of them knowing that they said such ugly things," McKendrick said.

In her blog, McKendrick wrote she knows canceling the sessions is not going to make the girls nicer people, but she could not let them represent her business with their photographs.

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