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Six years suffering at hands of cruel school bullies turned her into what she is today.

LISA blames the change in her daughter from "angelic" to "hard-nosed" on six years of hell she suffered at the hands of bullies.

Fighting back the tears, she says that until the age of 11, Josie was a normal little girl.

"She was quiet and shy and well-behaved," she says. "Then she went to high school and life was turned upside down. She was 12 when she first came home in floods of tears after she'd been beaten up by a huge gang."

Lisa says they picked on the fact that Josie was completely flat-chested. "She had zero per cent breast tissue so she didn't even have the beginnings of a chest," she explains. It wasn't until Josie was 16 that they sought medical advice.

"I took her to the GP about it and they ran blood tests and found out what was wrong," says Lisa. "Josie has a rare genetic disorder which meant her breasts didn't develop properly. She was also born with an underher developed kidney and she had a hormone imbalance. She became depressed because she realised her breasts weren't going to suddenly develop."

She says Josie would come home from school almost every day having been verbally and physically abused. "It was relentless. They saw she was quiet and shy and sensed her weakness. They needed something to use against her so they chose the fact she had a completely flat chest.

"They would taunt her and call her Josieboy or Josie no-t*ts. It devastated her. One day she was even brought home by police who had rescued her from a group of girls attacking her with bricks. I don't think she ever got over the trauma."

Lisa says: "People have this view of Josie but if they had seen what she went through with the bullying and her health, they would see her differently."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2014
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