Katie Price has launched an online petition to make cyber bullying illegal after trolls continuously posted hateful messages about her disabled son Harvey.
The model-turned-businesswoman posted a message onto her Instagram account, urging her followers to sign the petition in a bid to get the government to discipline online ‘trolls’. Harvey, now 14, is blind and has autism, ADHD and Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting appetite and muscle development.
Petitions that receive more than 10,000 signatures require a response from Government, and more than 100,000 makes it eligible for consideration by parliament. The petition has since reached over 160,000 signatures from the public, meaning that the campaign will be considered for debate in parliament.
She said: “My son has very complex needs and he gets online bullying trolls and people who abuse his size, colour, looks and disability. Harvey is very fortunate not to understand, but I do, and I will do everything in my power to make sure these trolling bullies get punished.
“Every day, people from all ages get trolling bullies for all different reasons, and a lot of it is causing suicide.
“It’s about time these trolls and bullies get punished.”
Price has continuously rallied over the years for online bullies to receive punishment, but her campaigning was heightened last week after the Westminster terrorist attack. Trolls on Twitter used the platform to ‘joke’ that Harvey was responsible for the attack, after Price posted a tweet saying she had been near the area.
The petition is yet to have received a response from Government and Parliament.