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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Barrow teenage girls shocked at cyberbullies’ onslaught

CYBERBULLIES have targeted Barrow teenagers on social media after they were seen on TV show Geeks.

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online Rebecca Hunter, left, and Louise Wilkes of Barrow after appearing on E4’s Geeks

Two of the four girls who were on the E4 show on Monday night have fallen victim to “nasty” messages on Twitter and Facebook.

Louise Wilkes, Lorna McCarthy, Rebecca Hunter and Charlotte Lepelletier, all aged 19, flew to Ibiza for filming in August.

Louise said: “I have been getting a lot of abuse from people. It’s actually people from Barrow who have been saying things.

“People were saying I’m ugly, mainly it was girls being horrible, people I know, which is what’s upsetting.

“I didn’t expect it to be from people who I know. Girls were also being horrible to Lorna on Twitter so I was defending her.”

Lorna made her account private to stop the bullies.

An emotional Louise added: “Most people have been really nice, but you will always be upset over that one person who has been horrible.

“There were a couple of people who I thought were friends. I had some people texting me saying I was great then on Facebook they were joining in with being nasty.”

Louise, who had an on-screen romance with self-confessed computer nerd Alastair, said the pair dated after the holiday.

She added: “We were seeing each other for a few months. It didn’t work out but we’re still friends now.

“People were quoting me on Twitter. I know I came across harsh on the TV when I was mentoring Alastair on how to kiss and I was so drunk. It was so cringey.”

Bangor University student Lorna said: “I think the people who have been nasty to me are girls from the year below me at school saying things on Twitter mainly.”

However, Rebecca and Charlotte both said they have had positive reactions from the public.

Kidscape chief executive Claude Knights said: “It shows how quickly people can become disinhibited on social media. If they saw these young people they would never dream of saying anything like what they do online.”

Have your say

It is so easy to make comments about others without ever thinking what the consequences can/will be.
When these commenters have never walked in your shoes, you have to take it for what it is...Just an opinion!
AND...someone elses opinion of you is none of your business. This might sound strange but we all have to realize that WE have the ability to choose what we do with what happens around us and to us;It's what's within us that's all important

You are both wonderful young ladies with a brighter future than those repeatedly making negative comments.
Readers are leaders....:-)

Stay strong for eachother and with each other...and this too will pass.You have Greatness within you!

(There's always a lot of information available on : kidscape.org.uk for those not quite sure on how to deal with this or where to go for assistance.)

Posted by Jan Robberts on 6 December 2013 at 16:48

AM I BANNED FROM MAKING COMMENTS. I only put the truth If I have any doubts I put "I BELEIVE"

Posted by a yeoman on 6 December 2013 at 07:45

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