Mother of James Bulger appeals to Prime Minster for action on “trolls”
Mother of James Bulger and Simply Child Safe magazine editor Denise Fergus has spoken out to condemn the actions of Twitter hoaxers who targeted her son’s charity, claiming to be one of his killers.
Tweeting after sick messages on the social networking platform were directed at her son’s charity, the James Bulger Memorial Trust, from a user pretending to be Jon Venables, Denise wrote: “This trolling has to stop. Mr Cameron, please meet me.”
It is not yet known if Mr Cameron has responded. However, Liverpool Councilor Jake Morrison has urged Twitter to collaborate with Merseyside police and release information so that direct action can be taken against the trolls.
On Twitter he labelled the hoax “vile and unacceptable,” adding: “Hopefully Merseyside Police will find troll and prosecute them. (sic)”
Merseyside police has confirmed the offensive tweets had been removed, stating: “Detectives have now obtained the tweets and an investigation is underway to ascertain if there are any criminal offences committed.”
Twitter has said it could not comment on ongoing investigations but says it has been in touch with Mrs Fergus in the wake of the hoax.
In a statement to Simply Childsafe, Denise said:
“You may be aware that I am being targeted by trolls. I cannot go into too much detail as my husband and I are talking to the police and Twitter about what’s happened.
“One thing I will say is that some of these tweets have been very hurtful to read but as an adult, I can cope.”
She added: “It just goes to show how bad it must be for some children who keep things to themselves, as they don’t want to let people know. This has to change and hopefully one day it will.”
Denise also implied that issues such as “trolling” would be covered in Simply Childsafe magazine, promising: “We shall be looking at all aspects to protect our children. One of them will be about cyberbullying.”