A teenage girl has turned a horrific act of bullying into a show of strength, resilience – and a great sense of humour.
Dannie McMillan, 16, from Texas in the United States, was at school when she was sent a screenshot of a Twitter page called ‘Dee’s a fat whale’.
Using her name and a photo with a whale emoji superimposed over her face, McMillan felt her heart drop as she realised this had been done by a fellow student at her school.
“The moment I got out of that classroom, I just started crying,” McMillan told KCEN.
“I was just really upset. I think I got angry after a little bit. But, at first I was just so embarrassed.”
Over the next three days, McMillan stayed at home and watched as the followers for the account @Fatwhaledee grew in number.
Distressed but not defeated, McMillan logged onto Facebook and shared her story with plus-size model, Laura Lee, a woman she greatly admired.
“I jokingly told her: part of me wants to cry all day. And, the other part of me wants to get a t-shirt with a whale on it and wear it to school to show that they can’t get to me,” McMillan said.