A WIGAN woman’s heartbreaking story of her sister being bullied has gone viral.
When Adele Hargreaves posted photos on Facebook of 12-year-old Bethany’s face after being pushed by a girl at Deanery High School, thousands of people shared and commented on the distressing tale.
The school has been contacted and refused to comment, stating that they were looking into the matter.
It is understood that a girl had pushed Bethany, who suffered severe cuts to her face as she fell to the floor. The pupil is reported to be in isolation as punishment.
Adele told how Bethany had been bullied for the last 15 months.
But it now appears the girl who pushed her had not been involved before and this was an isolated incident.
Bullying is awful thing to go through. And I’m glad I’ve made awareness that as young as 12 it goes onAdele Hargreaves
The 21-year-old, of Beech Hill, wrote: “Whoever has attacked my sister I hope you’re pleased with yourselves.
“This has happened in the school playground. They also said if she goes in school tomorrow she’ll be getting worse. This bullying has been going on for the past 15 months. It needs to stop.
“Bullying is an awful thing to go through. And I’m glad I’ve raised awareness that as young as 12 it goes on.”
Photos showed Bethany’s face, with a cut on her nose, and another picture of a bloodied knee.
Adele added: “She is okay – no broken bones but she is very sore and isn’t willing to leave the house again.”
Greater Manchester Police are now investigating the matter.
The force also took to Facebook to warn about the dangers of naming people on social media: “Police are aware of a Facebook post going viral regarding an assault at Deanery High School. This is currently being investigated by the Police. The individual named on the feed is NOT RESPONSIBLE for the assault. GMP request that people refrain from commenting regarding this matter as it is not helping the investigation. The feed will be continually monitored by GMP.”
Any names referring to potential suspects have since been removed.
Adele added: “A lad got wrongly accused and I’m sending my apologies to him and his mum. This attack happened from behind and my sister has had dealings with this lad in the past so she sends her apologies for wrongly accusing him.”
As Adele’s post got more than 10,000 shares and has gone viral, she said: “I’m proud I’ve done this, I ain’t ashamed, the bullies should be ashamed of themselves.
“I must have more than 200 messages. I can’t thank people enough for there kind words to my sister.”