A schoolgirl who had a jug of juice poured over her at prom has spoken about the upsetting incident, and said she thought she was friends with the bully.
Emilee Perry’s story went viral last week, when her mum took to Facebook to share her outrage at what had happened to her daughter at the high school prom.
After just two hours at the event, Emilee’s mum Tracy picked up her daughter after a bully decided to pour a whole jug of juice over the 16-year-old and her £400 dress. In the Facebook post, Tracy explained how Emilee suffers from anxiety, and said she had ‘begged’ her daughter to go to prom, however the bully clearly prevented her from having a good time.
Thankfully, Emilee has received an ‘overwhelming’ amount of support since the incident, with people from all over the world sending her messages.
Speaking about the prom, Emilee said:
I was just sat minding my own business when this drink was suddenly all over me. I didn’t even know she was behind me, she crept up on me.
Nothing was ever said, I just looked up and saw the girl walking away.
I thought we were friends, that’s why it was such a shock, we had taken a picture together that night.
I still have no idea whatsoever why she did it. It was so humiliating. It was in front of my whole year group.
Emilee was forced to leave after the incident, as the jug of cherryade made her ‘so sticky’, completely ruining her dress and makeup.
The 16-year-old says she has suffered from anxiety since she was 10, and even left her previous school because of bullying.
Emilee’s mum Tracy said:
I went to pick her up and couldn’t believe what I was seeing, it was a horrible sight.
Everything was drenched. She was absolutely devastated. To do something as cruel and humiliating as that is awful.
The bully was removed from the party, according to Emilee. They haven’t spoken since, and she thinks they won’t see each other again now their GCSEs are over.
The 16-year-old took to social media shortly after the event to thank those who offered her kind words after the cruel incident.
Wow, I just want to take the time out to thank each and every person that has gone out of the way to absolutely shower me with love and support.
It is greatly appreciated and I will most certainly be eternally grateful for the extremely unexpected outcome of this situation! I’ve had so much support.
The way that people have responded has absolutely overwhelmed me and has proven to me that I can get through everything and it hope that this makes me a stronger person.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.