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Classmates Show Solidarity for Teen Cyber-Bullied for Her Illness

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When a teen was bullied for having cancer, her classmates and the community didn’t hesitate to offer support.

Nicole Pfister, 14, of Laredo, Texas, has a high risk form of leukemia, according to her Facebook support page.

  Two of Nicole’s classmates, her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, recently uploaded photos of Nicole to Instagram mocking her for her cancer and even encouraging suicide, KGNS reported. One had the caption, “Knock, knock, who's there? Not your white blood cells, that’s for sure,'” according to a post on the Team Nicole Facebook page. Another said “embarrassing” and “kill yourself” under the same picture.
Nicole’s mother posted the hurtful photos on Facebook to draw attention to the issue of cyber bullying, and soon nearly 10,000 people have shared the post, many of them offering an outpouring of support and encouragement. Albert Aleman, principal of United High School, told ABC News that administrative actions were already being taken to deal appropriately with the students who mocked Nicole. But her peers wasted no time in coming to her defense. Students put a call out on social media for everyone to support Nicole by wearing orange, the school’s colors. Nicole's mother wrote on her Facebook page that the family was touched by the way the whole community turned out to support the teen. “This morning as Nicole is getting ready to go to school she is beyond nervous,” read a post on the Facebook page. “What we thought of a simple post has had over 10,000 shares and our whole community supporting Nicole… Thank you to all who are wearing orange today in support for Nicole. We will not stand for cyber bullying.” As of Thursday, Dec. 10, the teens accused of writing the posts were arrested and are detained at the county jail on charges of public harassment, KGNS reported. An investigation is ongoing. Get more on the story from the video below:  

Originally published: December 11, 2015
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