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Adult Cyberbullies Target Texoma Child

Jessica Simpson, 11, loves to pose for the camera, but the Montague County girl recently fell victim to cyberbullies. Jessica was pictured in a JCPenny girls' clothes advertisement wearing a white dress. The department store posted the picture on its Facebook page. When her family looked up the picture, they were shocked to see a lot of hurtful comments, all stemming from adults.

"It feels horrible. I just wana crawl up in the closet and never come out," said Jessica.

One comment calls Jessica's gaze "inappropriate," another calls her "seductive," a third calls her "creepy" and much more.

"I know it's out there, but it's another one of those things you don't ever think it's going to happen to your family," said Shannon Lemons, Jessica's older sister.

Newschannel 6 showed the picture to Texomans to se their reactions.

"I think it's a very nice picture. Everything about it seems appropriate," said one Texoman.

"It's a cute picture. She's a cute girl," said another.

Jessica and her family hope to raise awareness and help bring an end to cyberbullying.

"I do think it needs to be known that it does happen every day, all over the world. If one child is saved from cyberbullying, we've done something," said Lemons.

"I want to stand up. I want to be the bigger person. I won't just stand by and watch it happen. I'm gonna step up," said Jessica.

This incident isn't stopping the fifth grader from modeling. She said she is going to be strong, and wants to become a model like her idol, Tyra Banks.

Statistics show over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyberbullying occurs.

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel Six.

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