Bullying victim, 16, told 'slit your wrists' by classroom tormentors who superimposed her face onto posters about suicide

A teenager has been told to “slit her wrists” by classroom bullies who abused her on social media and photoshopped her face onto posters about suicide.

Aimee Birke, from Kent, was left in floods of tears when she was targeted by a group of boys at her school.

The 16-year-old’s mum, Sarah Smith, also revealed her daughter’s face had been superimposed onto pictures from the show 13 Reasons Why – a series drama in which a teen takes her own life.

Ms Smith said Aimee is just the latest victim and claims the bullies have not been suspended from school .

“There are boys that have always been a bit louder and they have enjoyed picking on other pupils for a while,” Sarah said.

“They then paid a bit more attention to one of my daughter’s friends who posted something on Snapchat and they ripped it out of her.”

Aimee Birke has been the victim of cyberbullying via Snapchat
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“She had been invited into a group chat about a barbecue and during that conversation people were telling her to slit her wrists,” Sarah said.

“They photoshopped her face onto pictures from a show called 13 Reasons Why, which is about suicide.”

Sarah said she went to the school the day after the messages were sent to demand answers from the head teacher of Malling School, Carl Roberts.

She added: “They said they were going to speak to the other parents and they were shocked it was happening.

“But they are still laughing and they are still at school. They haven’t been excluded.

“They have got away with it. I just hope this doesn’t happen to any other parent or child.”

Malling School is liaising with police
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The head said the school has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on bullying but it is a matter for police to handle because the abuse was outside school hours.

He said: “The Malling School takes bullying very seriously and in this case has been working hard with all of the students involved as well as their parents.

“Although this case involves social media posts made outside of school hours, and is therefore a matter for the police to investigate, we feel we have a moral duty towards our pupils to help if we can.

“Where mediation does not resolve bullying issues the school takes a firm line and will ultimately exclude a pupil should it continue.”

A police spokesman said: “We were called to reports of online bullying involving a child in the East Malling area.

“Officers have contacted the child’s parents and will also be liaising with the school.”

Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org .

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