Mum Receives Death Threats After Sharing Kids' Halloween Photoshoot Online
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A mum became the target for some horrendous - and frankly, bizarre - abuse after she dressed her kids up for Halloween and shared the photographs on social media.
25-year-old Carlee Thomas turned her kids, four-year-old October and one-year-old Coraline, into 'Zombie Kids' ahead of the photoshoot, but was then targeted by trolls who - even by trolling standards - said some pretty horrid things.
Carlee, from Alabama, explained: "I had people tell me I should kill myself, that they hoped I'd die in my sleep, that I'm a bad mother and should have my kids taken away from me.
"People were so angry about it. I don't know why people can't just scroll on."
"The hate messages started rolling in, I got a minimum of 200 angry and hateful messages."
It's an inexplicable and sad state of affairs, but altogether too normal these days.
Since the hate started rolling in, Carlee - who works as a photographer - has hit back, adding that her children enjoyed getting into the Halloween spirit.
She continued: "I knew that posting them online was a bit risky, as it's not everyone's cup of tea but I never thought people would be that angry about them.
"We do horror shoots throughout the year, but I don't normally post them.
"The actual blood part, is strawberry jello, water and chocolate syrup. It tastes like chocolate covered cherries, so both the girls love it.
"The blood on their faces is a mix of strawberry syrup, chocolate syrup and some thickening agents so that it looks more realistic. The brain is plastic, and I painted it to make it look more real.
"Most of the horror effect is from editing. If you saw the photos straight from the camera, Coraline just looks like a happy baby in a tub."
The mum said that her husband Benjamin loves the shots too and is very proud of both his wife and children.
However, it hasn't all been negative feedback. Some people have enjoyed it, at least.
She added: "I got loads of positive feedback. For every mean message I've got, there are about 15 others from lovely people who tell me how much they love it and how creative it is.
"I'm not going to take the photos down. I don't let their negativity bother me, and I wish those people all the best.
"They might need to find a hobby or something instead of taking time out of their day to send hateful messages on the internet."
Unfortunately, for some people, being horrible on the internet is their hobby.
Carlee concluded: "It was all a bit of fun and no one was harmed. I do it because it makes me happy and my girls enjoy it.
"I'm not going to stop. I'm never going to be able to please everyone. I'm sorry if some people don't like it, but we do. And that's the important thing really.
"October loves everything horror, and she wants to be a 'scream queen' scary movie actress. Her photos were all her idea and she really loved how they turned out."
Fair play, do what makes you happy.