A Mother’s heartbreaking Facebook post detailing her daughter’s suffering at the hands of bullies has gone viral.

Carrie Golledge, from Tiverton, Devon, posted the gut-wrenching message on her Facebook page, accompanied by a picture of her daughter Sophia in a hospital bed, shares The Sun.

“This is what bullying does,” she wrote in her post which has gone viral and has now been shared over 218,000 times. “This is my six-year-old daughter, hospitalised, due to bullying.

“This is my child with such a caring heart that despite being so ill ‘doesn’t want anyone to get in trouble’.

“This is my child who has stopped eating, has cried herself to sleep, had anxiety so severe she’s up sick over 20 times in an hour through the night…

“This is my child whose ‘best friend’ has emotionally abused her for so long she thought it was normal…”

The mum continued: “This is my child who has been in and out of hospital for countless trips due to being so sick with anxiety. This is my child who was told off for ‘telling tales at school’.
“This is my child who has been mocked on social media by the bullies’ parents for just having such a pure heart…

“This is my child who when addressing the issues with her school we were told ‘It’s just six-year-olds being six-year-olds’.”

She continued: “This is my child who is one of too many that are going through this…

“This is my child who doesn’t want this to happen to anyone else. So this is my child’s story we are sharing but she is one of many….too many!

“Please help us share her story.”

In a follow up post Carrie shared, “Wow…just…wow. I cannot believe the hundreds of messages that are filling my inbox in support of Sophia and even more I cannot believe how many others are going through all of this at such a young age. 46k shares and counting!

“This is becoming so much bigger than I imagined and is not just for Sophia but every one who has gone through this and every one who is too scared to tell their story.”

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  • Do hope this hasn’t happened due to a social media page – if so it should have been stopped by Sophia’s parents. No-body should go through things like this.


  • At 6 years old? That is disgusting. The matter needs to be dealt with. My heart goes out to this beautiful girl.


  • I wonder where kids get the idea of bullying in the first place. I hope Sophia, and any other children who are going through this, can recover and go on to have a wonderful and happy life from this day forward


  • Kids should be taught compassion. Bullying should never be accepted as normal. It’s disgusting.


  • Kids can be horrible little creatures, but the fact that this parent’s complaints were ignored by the school and the daughter was told off for telling tales is disgusting! I am trying to bring up my daughter to be respectful of others and to keep any bad opinions to herself. I would hope that other parents try to do the same.


  • It seems to be more and more common. My daughter was bullied and I also was told it was “normal” girl behaviour by the teachers. NEVER stop advocating for your child. Do whatever it takes to make sure you are heard and taken seriously by the school. Insist they stop the bullying and talk to all the children’s parents. The parents of one of the girls who bullied my child was horrified – she had no idea what her child was saying or doing. Consider the ramifications of leaving your child in this school environment. Sometimes it is best to start fresh at a new school. Home school if need be and you can. Contact the police, keep a diary and log everything that was said/done to your child and by whom – as awful as it is it can be used as evidence in a court. You as the parent must do EVERYTHING you can before things escalate to serious serious issues.


  • There is so much about this that is heartbreaking and wrong. This should not happen. This should not be allowed to happen. Schools have to accept that bullying DOES happen and to manage it better. Stop protecting th ebully and punishing the victim. My son was bullied in Primary School – we moved schools due to the lack of inaction and responsibility. I can’t believe things have not improved, they are seemingly getting worse.


  • This is just terrible, bullying must stop!! Its so mean.


  • Poor little mite, 6 years old, this shouldn’t be happening to anyone let alone a 6 yo.


  • This happened to my son. He was bullied for so long he ended up with ulcers from the stress of it & nothing we did could fix it until he ended up in hospital from it. School ignored it & we tried talking to the parent of the bully with play dates but because the school did not act on it we had no choice but to remove my son from the school. I complained to the education dept about it & the school principal was transferred out of there, it did not solve the problem but at least someone was held accountable for it.

    • How awful for your son and for your family. It is such an ordeal for everyone. Good on you for taking action. Sending you every good wish.


  • It’s like a child developing emotional and behavioural problems (including stealing), seeing pshycologists and the parents being told it’s normal behaviour at “that age”. The parents lodge a complaint that their child is being bullied, only to be told it is their child that it doing the bullying. No reply given they they said if that’s the case why hadn’t they been notified that their child was at fault for however long he had been guilty of it.


  • Kids at the age of 6 should not be doing this, they shouldn’t know how to do this!


  • This is such a sad situation. I hope this brings much needed awareness to this issue.


  • So terribly sad, my heart bleeds for her. Such a suffering at such a young age. I hope the bullies are confronted with their actions and consequences have followed.


  • Really sad. She’s only 6 and is going through something she shouldn’t have to. Disgusting behaviour


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