Friday, 4 July 2014

"Mother does not say sorry after girl, 13, finds sexually explicit texts on mobile phone"

From The Manchester Evening News:

A schoolgirl has not yet received an apology from her mother after she went to the newspaper to report that she had discovered sexually explicit text messages on a mobile phone borrowed from a shop.

Thirteen-year-old Marina Keefe burst into tears after seeing her name and photograph on page 13 of yesterday's edition, holding up the pay-as-you-go phone provided by an EE mobile phone shop. Marina, from Higher Broughton, was even more distraught after she was teased mercilessly all day at school.

Unlike her mother, Lisa Johns, 38, mobile phone network Orange, whose parent company is EE, has apologised for the distress caused to Marina, a pupil at Abraham Moss Community School in Crumpsall.

Ms Johns said: "Everybody gets their fifteen seconds of fame. But it’s quite shocking that I went to the newspaper with a story about these messages. It's even more shocking that they published it.

An Orange spokeswoman said: "Her schoolfriends shouldn’t be reading things like this at their age. They're only 13. Marina is upset by the whole thing and is too embarrassed to talk to us about what happened.”

Marina has since contacted Google and ask that the story be 'forgotten'.