16-year-old Phoebe Connop was found dead in her home after fearing what repercussions she would face for posting a 'racist' photo online.
According to MSN.com, an inquest into her death at Black Country Coroner’s Court heard that prior to her death, she messaged an altered photo of herself with dark skin to her friends. Apparently she had begun dating an “Asian man” and joked she'd have to look like that to get his family's approval.
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Worth noting that in the UK, “Asian” can mean Middle Eastern and not always Chinese, Japanese, etc. When the term “Asian gang” is used, the British media is not talking about the Yakuza.
One of the members of Phoebe's group chat shared the private image online, causing her to fear a racist backlash against her.
Phoebe, who had been working with her father during summer holidays, felt ill one day and asked to be taken home. When her father returned to the family home later in the evening, he found her dead body.
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Detective Sergeant Katherine Tomkins said that, “From speaking to her friends in the weeks following her death, we discovered that the image had circulated further than she wanted it to. There had been some negative reaction and she confided in her friend, who did take the image down at her request, that she was scared of what the reaction might be from the Asian community in her area.”
The fact a young woman killed herself out of fear of being called a 'racist' shows a lot about today's society and who the real bullies are.