A mum is fighting to have a “rude” photo of her daughter kept on her gravestone following a council warning.
Earlier this week Rachael Carle received a call from Aberdeen City Council explaining that a member of the public had been offended by her daughter Kayla’s gravestone.
Alongside a memorial message to the 13-year-old, who died in February this year, is a photo of her doing the ‘up yours’ sign.
Rachael, 32, told Mirror Online: “I got a phone call from the council telling me that someone had put in a complaint about the picture on my daughter’s headstone saying it was rude and inappropriate.
“They said they needed the picture taken down.
“The picture represents the type of character she was.
“It was who she was. It was one of her favourite pictures.
“She liked her pranks, she liked to mess around and she spoke her mind.”
Cystic fibrosis sufferer Kayla caught the flu last year and fell into a coma.
While she defied doctors’ predictions and woke up, the disease “wrecked” her lungs and left her in a wheelchair.
After labouring on for several months on oxygen, the teenager caught para-flu.
A week later Kayla died.
“She was one in a million,” explained Rachael, who looks after her other two children full time.
“You would never meet anyone like her, she was one of the kindest, sweetest girls.”
Kayla’s gravestone has been in Hazlehead Cemetery in Aberdeen for the past three months without incident.
While the council offered to swap the picture free of charge, according to Rachael, she does not want to make the change.
“I have no sympathy for the person that was offended,” she continued.
“They don’t have to look at it. I lost my 13-year-old daughter.
“I picked that picture for a reason, it represents her.
“If you don’t like it, don’t look at it.
“How would they feel if it was one of their family members?”
Kayla’s family have launched a petition calling for the gravestone to be kept as it is.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesperson said: “Staff phoned the applicant and advised that we considered the photograph attached to the memorial headstone to be inappropriate and asked for it to be replaced.
“They agreed that it could be seen as disrespectful to others visiting the surrounding graves and agreed to replace the photo, which is in hand with the memorial mason.
“At no time was there any mention about removing the memorial headstone.”