Minnesota teacher's experiment catches worldwide attention

All it took was a simple Facebook post.
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Ambrosia Doty

A Minnesota teacher's experiment is catching attention from all over the world, and all it took was a simple Facebook post. 

Ambrosia Doty, a special education teacher at New Century Academy in Hutchinson, simply posted a photo of herself holding a sign that reads

"We are doing a class experiment. Please share this picture and comment where you are. Help me show my middle school students how quickly this photo can move around the world."

She posted the photo on Monday and less than a day later, as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, it had been shared more than 6,500 times and was receiving comments from people all over the globe.

"My Facebook post has traveled farther and faster than I ever imagined" Doty told Bring Me The News. "I'm just a local teacher in a small, rural, mid-west community. I do not have contacts around the world, myself. In fact, I only have 212 Facebook friends. I continue to be shocked, each time I log in, to find that the number of shares has raised by the thousands."

There are comments from Puerto Rico to the Philippines, Sweden, Norway, Australia, United Kingdom, the Aleutian Islands and many more places.

The post already had nearly 2,000 comments as of Tuesday morning.

Doty said the experiment is part of a cyberbullying lesson that helps students learn the "hard reality of how fast something can travel on the web." 

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