What’s one of the most important parts of getting ready for a prom? Finding that perfect dress and feeling like Cinderella while modeling it for friends. A Tennessee senior was mercilessly bullied after posting a picture of herself in her prom dress online. Kristen Layne, 18, posted a picture of herself in her junior prom dress from last year, a beautiful violet gown with silver accents and a bustier top. Layne said that she felt like a “princess” when wearing it, according to Yahoo.
She was attempting to sell that dress online so that she could raise money for a new senior prom dress for this year. She posted pictures of the gown on “For Sale in Sumner County, TN,” a local group in her area that permits individuals to post items for sale. Unfortunately, two males began ridiculing her weight and looks. Kristen Layne said that she doesn’t know these men. Layne was taken aback by such detestable, disgusting comments. Kristen said the following, according to Channel 4, WSMV-TV, Nashville.
“I was trying to sell my prom dress, and these two men were just saying some very hateful things, just telling me I was fat and that I wasn’t beautiful.”
“Can you please stop with the comments?” she pleaded on-line. “Sorry that I’m not pleasing to your eye.” According to WSMV-TV, Kristen’s father indicated the following, asking why someone who doesn’t even know Kristen could be so cruel. “I didn’t understand why people who didn’t even know her lashed out at her,” her father, Jason Layne, stated. Kristen Layne even told Yahoo Parenting that “[t]he comments made me feel horrible about myself. But the bullies aren’t my concern right now.”
Amazingly, within minutes of her posting, the power of social media took over. And hundreds of people came to Kristen’s defense and “liked” her post, stating the following according to WSMV-TV.
“It’s obvious this woman is beautiful, inside and out.” “… looks absolutely stunning.” “… What an inspiration you are. Don’t ever let someone tell you that you are not beautiful. You have turned something mean and hateful into something meaningful and heartfelt. I’m proud of you and don’t even know you. Have fun on your prom night.”
Kristen Layne is shocked by all the attention her post to sell a dress has received and is very thankful for the kind comments on her appearance, which she stated she isn’t accustomed to hearing. “The uplifting comments made me feel so much better about myself,” Layne stated. Kristen also had posted a GoFundMe page to raise $500 for a prom dress in case she didn’t raise enough by selling her junior prom dress. She’s raised a phenomenal amount: almost $6,000 and counting.
Kristen Layne said that she was paying it forward, and had purchased for a friend the prom dress of her dreams and would also pay to have that friend’s makeup and hair done for the prom. Kristen said that she gave another friend who couldn’t afford a dress the violet gown she had posted for sale. She didn’t know what she would do with the remaining money. But, given her altruistic track record, it looks like she’ll help others have a prom to remember.
According to Yahoo Parenting, psychologist and bullying expert Dr. Joel Haber indicated that it’s usually best to ignore cyberbullies, as they desire and thrive on attention. He said the following.
“It gives these trolls more fuel and power, they want attention. Always share and comment on the positive and take the high road.”
Bullying in any forum should be taken seriously. According to an Inquisitr article, teens who are bullied are up to “nine times more likely to consider suicide than nonvictims.” [Photo Courtesy GoFundMe]