With the technology that we have today, bullying takes on a number of different forms. Cyberbullying is quickly becoming a term used more and more often as people continue to use various forms of electronics to harass and criticize others. In the case of 18-year-old Kristen Layne, cyberbullying came in the form of Facebook users calling her names after Layne uploaded a Facebook post trying to sell the dress she’d worn to her junior prom at White House High School. Layne’s post included two pictures of herself wearing the glittering blue dress and a short blurb giving details about the dress; she’d posted it onto a group called “For Sale in Sumner County, TN.”
To Layne’s great surprise, two male Facebook users started posting hurtful comments beneath her prom dress post. The men made pointed criticisms about the teenager’s weight, and quickly started a heated discussion amongst other Facebook users who came to the teen’s defense. What ensued was an inspiring communal rally for Layne in the face of the rude men who’d bashed her post. Layne told news source WMSV that she felt overwhelmed by the amount of support she received from complete strangers. “I don’t know how to say thank you to people and accept the compliments because it doesn’t happen a lot,” Layne told WMSV.
Layne’s recent Facebook encounter has inspired people everywhere who’ve come across her story. Layne hopes that her experience can encourage others to be confident in who they are and recognize their self-worth. SF Globe absolutely loves the courage that Layne demonstrated during her unfortunate case of cyberbullying. We’d love nothing more than to spread her inspiring message. Watch the video below and share your thoughts with us!