A teenage schoolgirl has finally spoken for the first time about her ‘humiliating’ ordeal after bullies poured a jug of pop over her on her prom night.
Emilee Perry was sitting quietly in the corner at the end of year celebration when she suddenly felt a liquid go over the top of her head and all down her $500 dress.
The 16-year-old looked up to see a girl she had called a friend, as more than 100 classmates watched on in shock.
Her mother Tracy posted five pictures of her daughter who was so disheartened by the incident, along with an account of what happened on Facebook the next day and their story went viral.
Emilee lives in Doncaster with her parents felt overwhelmed by the messages she has received from around the world.
She said: ‘I was just sat minding my own business when this drink was suddenly all over me.
‘I didn’t even know she was behind me, she crept up on me. Nothing was ever said, I just looked up and saw the girl walking away.
‘I thought we were friends, that’s why it was such a shock, we had taken a picture together that night. I still have no idea whatsoever why she did it.
‘It was so humiliating, it was in front of my whole year group.’
She said the cherryade had been put on tables for everyone at prom to drink.
‘I was completely covered, it was all over me. I was so sticky.
‘My dress and makeup were ruined.’
Earlier, Emilee left one school because of bullying and has suffered from anxiety since the age of 10, which initially prevented her from wanting to attend prom.
Now she’s too scared to leave the house without her parents and she doesn’t want to go out with friends or go on sleepovers because of anxiety.
Her parents, Tracy, and father Michael, 48, convinced Emilee to attend the event, which was at a hotel.
She purchased a beautiful dress from a boutique and had her hair and makeup was done by a professional, all of which cost more than $620 in total.
Prior to prom, the plan was for the other girl, who Emilee didn’t want to identify, to travel alongside Emilee and a group of other girls.
Emilee had been at the event for around two hours and was sitting alone. The other girl was immediately removed from the party, according to Emilee.
She said that lots of teachers realized what had happened and consoled her and insisted her to remain at the party.
But, Emilee went home, go straight into the bath and she had used an entire bottle of conditioner to get the pop out of her hair.
She hasn’t heard from the other girl and doesn’t expect to see her again, as their GCSEs are over.
However, one of her parents did go and speak to Tracy and Michael to apologize on the night of the incident.
Tracy said the school, Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster, know about what happened and said they would get in touch but that they are yet to do so.
Emilee will be starting college in September, and she has a plan to do a makeup course with a view to working as a makeup artist when she’s older.
Tracy runs a fabric selling shop, and she said: ‘I went to pick her up and couldn’t believe what I was seeing, it was a horrible sight.
‘Everything was drenched. She was absolutely devastated.
‘To do something as cruel and humiliating as that is awful.’