A high school senior asked Reddit readers for their opinion on her reaction to a classmate who used her artwork for a GoFundMe without her permission. Here is the whole story.
A Troubled Artist
The Original Poster (OP) was a senior in high school when she started having trouble with a group of classmates. She was also a talented artist, and that played into the drama that unfolded.
A Life-Changing Accident
One of the girls in her class had a bad car accident during the first semester. She suffered several injuries and had to undergo multiple surgeries.
They Were Mean Girls
The girl had never been nice to OP and had mostly ignored her all through school.
She, along with her friends, had even spread some nasty rumors about one of OP’s best friends.
She Still Felt Bad for Her
While OP didn’t have a very high opinion of the accident victim, she still felt really bad for her.
She Needed Their Help
Not long after the car accident, one of their classmates organized a GoFundMe to help pay for medical expenses that the girl’s insurance would not cover.
Spreading the Link for Support
They sent the link all around the school, trying to drum up as much support as possible.
They Stole Her Art
OP visited the GoFundMe page and was shocked at what she saw there. The main visual on the page was a piece of artwork that OP had done for art class.
They Stole Her Face!
It wasn’t even a picture of the accident victim. It was a self-portrait of OP.
Even so, the GoFundMe organizers were using the portrait on T-shirts and other promotional material. They also cropped out her signature, so no one would be able to tell who had created the artwork.
They Didn’t Even Ask
And no one had even asked her if it was OK to use the artwork.
They Anticipated the Answer
Probably because they knew what her answer would be.
They Didn’t Know
OP contacted the student running the GoFundMe, and a friend who was helping her. They said they didn’t know the artwork belonged to OP and promised to give her credit on all the visuals.
She Said No Way
But OP didn’t want credit. She wanted them to remove her portrait from all of the GoFundMe material.
And She Wouldn’t Budge
The organizers told OP they already had T-shirts, and that people associated it with the accident victim’s GoFundMe. OP told them she didn’t care and wanted the artwork removed.
She Would Go to Any Length
Then the girls tried to guilt-trip her about it, but she said she would go through more official channels to get the portrait taken down.
They Outed Her
At that point, the other girls took to social media and posted the messages OP had sent them. Needless to say, she was flooded with nasty messages from supporters of the injured girl.
Even Her Mom Said She Was Wrong
Even OP’s mom told her she was overreacting. She told her daughter she should just let it ride and not make a big deal.
Forcing them to take down the artwork was just going to cause her a ton of trouble.
It’s Her Choice
OP is certain she’s right, and that only she can decide who uses her artwork and how.
She Needs to Consider the Consequences
And while most Redditors agree with her, others say that, even though she’s technically right, she needs to consider the consequences.
After all, she has to live in her town and deal with the fallout of the situation. They wonder what the harm would be in doing a nice thing for someone in need.
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