Katie Price‘s son Junior has revealed that he still receives vile messages every day online after shaming a troll who abused his disabled brother Harvey.
Last week Junior, 15, who is the eldest son of Katie, 42, and ex-husband Peter Andre, 48, took to Instagram to post sickening messages from a troll which told him to kill himself.
The messages saw the troll brand Junior an ‘ugly b*****d’ and seemingly accuse him of privately messaging his girlfriend – from a now-deleted Instagram account.
Honest: Katie Price’s son Junior has revealed that he is still receives vile messages every day online after shaming a troll who abused his disabled brother Harvey
But even after naming and shaming the troll, Junior says he still gets abuse every day, including about his older sibling who was born with multiple disabilities including blindness, ADHD and Prader-Willi syndrome.
He told The Star: ‘Hate in general doesn’t bother me at all. For some people it really hurts them and effects them but for me it doesn’t.
‘If I look at a comment that is hate it doesn’t mean anything, it is just a comment. But for some people it hurts them deep.’
He added: ‘For some it cuts deep, they may want to do something to themselves like cry or hurt themselves but for me comments like that do not affect me at all. It is weird.
Awful: Last week Junior, 15, who is the eldest son of Katie, 42, and ex-husband Peter Andre, 48, took to Instagram to post sickening messages from a troll which told him to kill himself
‘I think people cope with things in different ways. I have to keep it professional – I am not going to start violating him. Some people are tapped. I can’t lie.’
Junior’s mother Katie continues to fight for harsher penalties for online trolling with Harvey’s Law – a campaign set up in 2017 – after discussing the vile abuse her son has endured.
Junior has also vowed to help mother Katie get Harvey’s Law through Parliament.
Speaking out about the incident involving his brother in an Instagram live video last week, he said: ‘I didn’t want agg or abuse towards him.
Disgusting: The messages saw the troll brand Junior an ‘ugly b*****d’ and seemingly accuse him of privately messaging his girlfriend – from a now-deleted Instagram account
‘That’s the whole reason why we are doing Harvey’s Law.
‘My brother Harvey, this law is what we are carrying on. Basically there is going to be a law where it stops it and it makes it illegal for online trolling.’
After vowing to get a law through Parliament that would prosecute anyone caught sending abusive comments online, the former glamour model spoke about her disabled son’s trolling ordeal during an appearance on This Morning recently.
Katie admitted that she wants social media platforms to require the use of ID so users can’t hide behind anonymous accounts when they post comments online.
Horrific: But even after naming and shaming the troll, Junior says he still gets abuse including about his older sibling who was born with multiple disabilities
The star discussed the devastating impact of trolling with Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Sign Along With Us, after the group’s star Christian Kilduff, who has cerebral palsy and is registered severely sight impaired, was bombarded with abuse online.
Katie said: ‘I’m so sorry that you’re having to go through this, everything you’re saying I’m just agreeing with you… this is why I’m doing Harvey’s law.
‘I’m doing a new campaign this week, it has to stop, I want to ask these people why you want to sit there, what goes through their heads, these videos and comments what are they getting out of it.
On a mission: Katie has spoken before a parliamentary committee in a bid to combat trolls, and has demanded MPs change the law so online bullies face justice (pictured in February 2018)
‘Any act online, you should have ID so you can get tracked because at the moment they can close it down and start another account and start again.
‘If you call them out I think it just encourages them, I’ve got it worse by doing that. as soon as it goes in place, they could get a fine or a prison sentence, I think if they have something like then then it will get better. But also the people who retweet it, I don’t know what they get out of it.’
Katie, who recently appeared in a BBC documentary about her son Harvey’s journey to find a residential college, went onto detail what she hopes that Harvey’s Law can change.
She told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: ‘Obviously Covid has got in the way, but we are that close.
‘I agree with Phillip there needs to be something in place, a register, online trolling there is so much of it, there needs to be something where they’re on a register.’
WHAT IS PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME?
Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes problems including constant urges to eat food, restricted growth and reduced muscle tone.
Other potential issues include learning difficulties, lack of sexual development and behavioral problems such as tantrums or stubbornness.
The rare condition, which affects one in every 15,000 children born in England, is caused by a defect on chromosome number 15 – and happens by chance.
Because there is no cure, treatment aims to manage the symptoms – with parents of sufferers urged to get their children to stick to a healthy, balanced diet.
Children with the syndrome can eat up to six times more than children of the same age – and still feel hungry.
It was first described in 1956 by Swiss doctors A Prader, A Labhart and H Willi.