Ifield mum of glasses-wearing child takes on Tesco in Crawley over offensive ‘nerd’ T-shirts (From The Argus)
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Ifield mum of glasses-wearing child takes on Tesco in Crawley over offensive ‘nerd’ T-shirts
Supermarket giant Tesco is removing T-shirts showing the words “nerd” and “geek” after a mother complained they were offensive to her glasses-wearing son.
Aneliese Whittaker said the clothing, part of the supermarket’s F&F range, could encourage bullying.
Miss Whittaker’s 18-month-old son Logan Kelly was born with severe cataracts in both eyes and has had to wear thick glasses since he was four months old.
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Miss Whittaker, engaged to Logan’s father Dave Kelly, said she feared the clothing range normalised calling people “geeks” and “nerds”.
She said despite being so young, Logan has already been subjected to these |aunts.
The 28-year-old mum, of Lady Margaret Road, in Ifield, Crawley, told The Argus: “I know that in some ways thick glasses are trendy and older people don’t think |being called a ‘geek’ is a big thing.
“But younger people still use the words negatively.
“Logan has been called a geek and a nerd and Tesco’s having these T-shirts on sale can encourage bullying.
“I do understand seeing a four-month-old in glasses can |be surprising, you do not expect it.
“But it does not help, a big supermarket chain doing this.
“Logan needs his glasses – they help him.
“I saw that people had brought up complaints on a Facebook group so I approached Tesco and they listened to me.
“It might just seem like a T-shirt to some people, but it can also encourage bullying.”
A Tesco spokeswoman said: “We listen to our customers and in view of the feedback we’ve received we will be removing this product from sale.
“We apologise if it has caused offence.”
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