Ever since Shannon Purcifer was a little girl, she's struggled with a number of serious health problems.
The high school student suffers from bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and arthritis, which is a lot for a 16-year-old girl to deal with while preparing for exams and getting ready for college, but cruel bullies at Shannon's school were adding even more stress to her life.
For more than a year Shannon has been the target of what her mother Claire Carstens calls "horrendous" bullying. Shannon has even had to change her phone number to avoid getting hateful calls and messages every day.
Even a trip to speak with teachers at her daughter's school could't stop the bullies from teasing and picking on her, all because of her health conditions. "I just felt lost really," Carstens says. "There was nothing I could do but let her talk to me."
The bullying was so bad that Shannon actually decided to skip her own prom night, worried that she would be targeted at the event by other kids. “She agonized over it for a while but we knew maybe two months beforehand that her heart wasn’t in it," her mom says. "She’d had enough.”
Shannon stayed home that night, but her mother shared a photo of her wearing the $600 dress she'd bought on Facebook with a heartfelt message. Once Shannon's community saw that post, they decided to make things right.
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