10-year-old girl trolled on social media bravely stands up to bullies
A young girl has been left devastated by bullies after they launched a cruel campaign against her on social media.
10-year-old Mia-Lili Bennett from Norwich, Norfolk was subjected to a cruel poll on Instagram asking if she was 'ugly or not'. Going against her mum’s advice that she would have to wait until she was old enough to be on Instagram, Mia-Lili set up her own profile at the beginning of June, but confessed to her mum a couple of hours later.
Mia-Lili's mum, Corrinia Bennett told her to take it down. Mia-Lili did as her mum asked and deleted the account, but in the few hours it was live, someone got hold of the little girl's profile photo and turned it into a vile poll.
Corrinia revealed that she had to put her young daughter on 'suicide watch' following the nasty prank. The primary school student was left inconsolable after the incident. As a result, the mum-of-three decided to take action and report it to the police.
She explained: "I reported it to the police and they have been brilliant. They told Mia-Lili it's not her fault because she has been blaming herself, she thinks it's her fault for setting up an account."
A spokesperson from Instagram told Good Morning Britain: “There is no place for bullying on Instagram, the image of Mia-Lili was removed once it was reported and reviewed. We encourage anyone to report offensive or hurtful content. They have a team of reviewers that will remove anything that violates our guidelines.”
When asked if she had a message for the bullies, Mia-Lili said: “I’m not the ugly one, they are because they’ve just hurt me. It’s hurting people’s feelings, it’s just horrible, so just stop.”
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