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Cornish Teenager Gets Death Threats From Cyber Bullies

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7:01am 14th February 2013

A Helston teenager has told Pirate FM how she suffered death threats, after entering a beauty contest.

Lizzie Flint's Facebook page for Miss Cornwall was bombarded with abuse. An onslaught of abuse saw her labelled "ugly" while others threatened to "smash your face in."

Some of the language is too vile for us to broadcast or put online.

Bullies turned to texting and even turned up at her home.

It began after she was picked as one of seventeen finalists in the competition.

Lizzie said: "First of all I tried to ignore it and then I didn't eat much. I became depressed, stayed in my room and was too scared to go out."

The nineteen year old hid what was happening from her mum for months.

It got so bad she had to be dropped directly outside her classroom because she feared she could have acid thrown in her face.

Mum Mariana said: "She's got ME and they said a lot of it is from the stress and being depressed. It brought on lots of flus and colds. She wasn't eating and I could barely get water down her. If I said, 'Are you OK?' she'd snap. I knew then, her character and personality is changing - there's something wrong.

"She's always be in tears. She'd come through the back door from college, her make-up would be all down her face, she'd slam the door and run up to her room. All I could hear was her hysterically crying all the time. It's just not right for any child to go through that."

The family are speaking out now to try to persuade other bullying victims to ask for help.

Mariana said: "You can stop it, you can do something about it. All it is is picking up the phone and making one phone call. As soon as you do that the authorities will act and will help you.

"The best friend a child has got is usually their parents - speak to your parents, don't let it lie.

Three girls have been given official warnings and one wrote a letter to say sorry.

 

Three Things You Can Do to Beat Bullies...

  • Don't Ignore it - Bullies do not tend to go away on their own and it may get worse. Remember that it is not your fault and is not something that you have to put up with.
  • Tell Someone - It could be a teacher, a parent or another adult that you trust. You can ask your mates to look out for you too.
  • Keep a Record - They are horrible, but keep any texts, emails or notes you get sent. That way it will be more difficult for the bully to deny it.

If you are worried about cyberbullying you can get help and support here.

7:01am 14th February 2013

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