*This is a damn shame.
A Pottstown, PA teen has gone viral, but instead of being happy about it, she’s left heartbroken due to negative social media comments about her prom pic.
17-year-old Tayja Jones was looking forward to a magical night at her first prom. But when it was all over, the Pottsgrove High School junior wished she never went. Those comments may have ruined the night, but thankfully, others are chiming in to save the day.
As Fox 29’s Shawnette Wilson reports, cell phone video showed Tayja walking out of her house looking and feeling like a rock star. It was her first prom and she was excited.
“I felt good and I was happy,” she said.
She was feeling relly good about how things had gone that evening, so when she got home she posted a snap of herself.
“I made a status when I came home from the prom that night and it said I enjoyed myself and I’m happy. I had fun.”
The next morning her friends called to say the picture had gone viral. But not for the reason Tayja thought.
“There were just like so many rude remarks and negative comments about how I looked. People I didn’t know just like that dress is not for her, she looks like a fat something,” Tayja recalls.
Most of the comments are so demeaning they’re hard to read. Tayja updated her status to say she shouldn’t have gone to prom or posted the picture.
“It was just really hurtful because I was so confident the day before and it just changed my view of myself,” she said.
Her mother is heartbroken.
“She was just really depressed and sad. She doesn’t want to go out the house. She doesn’t want to go to school. She doesn’t want to go nowhere,” said her mother Natina Parker.
But as the negative comments spread, others began to stand with Tayja.
“This beautiful. Baby girl slayed prom. She’s cute as ever. She is gorgeous. She has her own unique style and shape. We are all God’s creatures perfect in his image. Shaming someone not only brings them down but brings yourself down with them. Spread love not discrimination,” said Tayja reading some of the posts.
There as even this tweet of support from singer Kelly Rowland:
Tayja Jones you are beautiful and fabulous doll! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/M7m2amAFkI
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) May 3, 2016
“All those shares were just positive. My twitter, so many messages of people like all over the world, different states, different countries,” she said.
Tayja is struggling to believe in herself again but she has a message for others being bullied.
“You’re not the only person. You should know who you are inside and the outside shouldn’t affect the inner you. Just stay strong,” she said.
Meanwhile, she’s unsure about whether she will go her senior prom but her mother says she hopes to change her mind by this time next year.