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Target of bullying hits out at online trolls over abuse.

Byline: Ian Johnson Reporter ian.johnson01@reachplc.com @IANJOHNSONCHRON

A WOMAN was left in tears after discovering complete strangers had cruelly mocked her in a WhatsApp group chat.

Trolls poked fun at Jasmine Thompson, branding her a "fake Kim" Kardashian despite having never met her.

However, the 22-year-old confronted them after her one mutual friend in the group sent her a screenshot.

Now, she's bravely spoke out about what she believes is a growing form of "bullying" - and to plead with people to think before they type.

"We are going through an unprecedented situation and at this time we should be lifting each other's spirits rather than try and tear them down," said Jasmine, from Walker, Newcastle.

"This could easily have tipped someone else over the edge. And that should not happen."

After discovering the messages, Jasmine said she couldn't stop crying and shaking.

"I was having panic attacks and I just didn't know what to do," she admitted. The messages show members of the group taking turns to write degrading comments about Jasmine after someone shared a picture of her wearing sunglasses and posing with a drink at Newcastle International Airport.

One of the women wrote that she would wear the same outfit for Halloween. "I think people's brains are tuned in to look at other people and pick flaws, instead of picking something they actually like in someone," added Jasmine.

"And I don't know why people think they are entitled to have that opinion about someone."

She has now spoke out about the situation to plead with others to "be more considerate", especially on social media.

A 2018 survey, by the online safety organisation Internet Matters, found the vast majority of parents feared their child was being bullied in online group chats.

However, as Jasmine's case illustrates, children are not the only victims.

"Cyberbullying continues to deeply affect people of all ages," said Dan Raisbeck, co-founder of The Cybersmile Foundation, an award-winning anticyberbullying organisation.

"Online abuse and harassment can take a serious toll on people's mental health and has been identified as a factor in numerous suicides across the UK."

After the messages came to light, Jasmine posted screenshots of them on Facebook to illustrate what she had experienced, adding: "Behaviour like this is unacceptable and could quite easily push someone over the edge."

She then shared various contact numbers for mental health organisations for anybody who had been through a similar experience, adding: "People need to be aware that this is not OK.

"If this is happening to you or you've been a victim of online bullying then please speak up and reach out. This can't continue.

"No one deserves to feel the way I felt reading these messages."

Since then, she's been inundated with hundreds of messages of support, and from people who had experienced a similar ordeal.

She also contacted one of the girls in the group chat who had made a comment. "She apologised and said she was so ashamed. She's told the rest of them and they've also apologised," claimed Jasmine. "But this has made me realise that this happens every day to people all over the world, no matter their race, weight, gender or height.

"And I just said to them I hope that this doesn't happen to you."

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Author:Ian Johnson Reporter ian.johnson01@reachplc.com @IANJOHNSONCHRON
Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 21, 2021
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