A 9-year-old girl is standing up to critics after breaking a story about a possible murder a few blocks from her house.
Hilde Kate Lysiak, who runs the website Orange Street News, got a tip on Saturday afternoon about police being called to a house in Selinsgrove, Penn. She went and reported on the alleged murder, uploading the exclusive breaking news to her website.
"Because of my work, I was able to inform the people that there was a terrible murder hours before my competition got to the scene," Lysiak said on her YouTube page. "In fact, some of these adult newspapers were reporting the wrong news or no news at all."
But in short time, commentators began attacking her.
"Sensationalist trash," former Selinsgrove Mayor Sean Christine said. "I am disgusted that this cute little girl thinks she is a real journalist," another commenter said. "9-year-old girls should be playing with dolls, not trying to be reporters," said another.
Lysiak responded to the critics by shooting a video of herself reading off their mean-spirited comments. She also took aim at the people who criticized her work with an honest and professional response.
"I know this makes some of you uncomfortable," she said. "I know some of you just want me to sit down and be quiet because I'm 9, but if you want me to stop offering news then you get off your computer and do something about the news. There, is that cute enough for you?"
Lysiak's response has received an outpouring of support from people on her YouTube and Facebook pages. The Guardian even published a feature piece about her work. Lysiak, who didn't respond to A Plus' request for comment, may be more important than she thinks.
Lysiak's news website started as a newspaper for her family written in crayon and has evolved into a place her local community can get news about the town. For now, it doesn't seem anyone is going to slow her down.
Check out her response to the critics below: