Community rallies around teen being cyber bullied over prom dress

Community Rallies Around Cyber Bullied Teen
Community Rallies Around Cyber Bullied Teen

A Tennessee community is rallying around a teen bullied online for her weight.

Cyber bullies went on the attack after 18-year-old Kristen Layne posted photos of herself from junior prom on a local Facebook page to sell her dress so she could get a new one for her senior year.

"These two men were just saying some very hateful things, just telling me I was fat," Layne told local NBC affiliate WSMV.

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Kristen stepped up on the Facebook page and addressed her bullies head on -- and almost immediately, hundreds of strangers came to her defense, liking the post and sticking up for her in the comment section.

Community members are raising money to help Layne get a new dress for senior year. She originally wanted to sell her junior prom gown for $350, but her account is already over $2,000 in just 48 hours.

While Layne's story has a happy ending, she is still one of thousands of students who are cyber bullied each year. According to national statistics, 12 percent of high schoolers were victims of cyber bullying in the past year, and that number soars to over 55 percent of high schoolers in the LGBT community.

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