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A high school senior looking to sell her junior prom dress was bullied on Facebook after posting pictures of herself in the gown. But the encouraging comments Kristen Layne received from people in her Tennessee community drowned out the bullies' voices and gave Layne a boost of confidence. Layne, looking to make some money for her senior prom dress, posted a picture of herself in the purple, sparkly gown in the Facebook group "For Sale in Sumner County, TN." Below the posting, a couple of men wrote "some very hateful things, just telling me I was fat and that I wasn't beautiful," Layne told NBC affiliate WSMV.
But within minutes, dozens of people jumped to Layne's defense, adding how pretty she looked in the dress and praising her for the graceful way she stood up to her bullies. "Can you please stop with the comments?" she wrote on the Facebook thread. "Sorry that I'm not pleasing to your eye." The community also rallied to donate to a fund page for Layne to buy the senior prom dress of her dreams, which had raised $430 by Monday morning. But in a show of bravery, Layne re-posted the dress for sale on Saturday, writing, "Let's try this again."
— Elisha Fieldstadt