A grieving mother has hit out at an internet ‘troll’ who set up a social media account mocking her daughter’s death.
Olivia Diamond, 12, of Moss Hall Road, Accrington, died suddenly of a heart condition at Manchester Children’s Hospital in October last year, just four days after falling ill with the flu.
The Accrington Academy pupil missed out on a life-saving vaccination jab just two weeks before her death.
The family have now been left with further heartache after an Instagram account was set up containing a sickening comment about Olivia’s death.
Her mum Angela, of Moss Hall Road, said: “It’s nasty, vile, disgusting, and absolutely heartless what they have done.
“They don’t seem to care how many people have been angered by this. I feel like she has been targeted and is not there to defend herself. But I’m here to defend Olivia. It needs stopping. They don’t realise the damage they are causing to me and my family.
“We are still trying to grieve for Olivia and it’s causing so much pain.”
Angela said she was alerted to the matter on Sunday evening and the post has been distributed widely on social media.
She said: “It has set me right back again. When I saw it I was really angry and upset and did cry.”
Hyndburn councillor Peter Britcliffe said the ‘faceless person’ responsible is a ‘keyboard coward’.
He said: “More and more people are suffering from cyber bullying and this is a dreadful example in the worst possible taste. Has this family not had enough trouble and grief without this?”
Academy principal Andy O’Brien said they have worked ‘extremely closely’ with Angela over the last year to remember and celebrate Olivia’s life.
He said: “The students at the Academy have chosen to remember Olivia through charity collections, song and periods of reflection. We have been very proud of the way that students have responded and coped with losing one of their friends.
“I have no doubt that my students will continue to support each other and respectfully focus on the positive impact that people bring.”
A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “We are aware of the complaint and we are looking into it.” Anyone with information can call police on 101.