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Martha Payne received more than two million hits on her blog NeverSeconds in just a few weeks.

Martha began posting photos of her school lunches and rating them. Wish I would have thought of that when I was in school.

It was such a hit, people from all over the world started sending her pictures of their school lunches.

Unfortunately, her photos of less than appetizing school lunches drew international attention and caused the school cafeteria staff some distress.

The Argyll and Bute Council, the administration that covers Lochgilphead where Martha attends school, said in a statement that Martha's photos were misleading and had caused distress to cafeteria staff.

This resulted in a melancholic post by Martha where she bid her followers adieu, "This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my head teacher and taken to her office. I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today."

The council's decision to impose the ban came after the Daily Record newspaper published a photograph of Martha alongside chef Nick Nairn under the headline "Time to fire the dinner ladies," reports BBC.

Fortunately, this sparked wide international debate about this little girl's freedom of speech.

Council leader Roddy McCuish told the BCC that he has instructed officials to lift the ban immediately.

The blog has raised nearly £2,000 for charity, her father told BBC.

"Thanks to this fantastic support, Martha has now raised enough money to build a kitchen in Malawi for children receiving Mary's Meals as part of our Sponsor A School initiative and has broken the record for hitting a Sponsor A School online fundraising target in the quickest amount of time".

Sources: BBC AP