Last month, 16-year-old Sharron Purcifer from Gosport in the United Kingdom chose not to go to her prom because of 18 months of alleged bullying she had faced from classmates following her battle with ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. Alongside that diagnosis, Sharron also developed arthritis, which made schoolwork difficult.
Shannon, who’s also a coeliac, faced bullying that was so severe she often spent breaks alone in a classroom. It's understandable then that even after spending £470 ($600) on a dress, the teenager ultimately decided to skip prom.
That decision led her mother, Clair Carstens, to take to Facebook and share a photo of Shannon in her dress to address the "nasty vile bullies" that had ruined what was supposed to be a special night.