Mom speaks out after daughter becomes victim of Snapchat cyberbullying

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ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A mother is sharing her story after her daughter has become a victim of cyberbullying.

The incident surrounds a Snapchat group of football players at Paul G. Blazer High School.

Stephanie Gilmore says two pornographic photos were pulled from the internet and then a boy wrote her daughters name on them before sending the images to the group.

Gilmore turned to Facebook to vindicate her 16-year-old daughter and speak up for what she says isn't right.

She has also asked that we share Annabelle's name and picture.

As of Friday afternoon, the post had more then 400 comments and had been shared more than 700 times.

"The perpetrators have admitted that the images are not her and admitted that they came from online but the damage is done," Gilmore said.

Gilmore says her daughter was unfairly implicated and victimized but one of the worst parts is on the Ashland School Administration, giving the teen who sent the photos, what she describes as far too lenient of a punishment.

"The lenient punishment is sending a message that what the boys did is first of all, not as vile as it truly is and it's sending a message that a boy can do this and get away with it ultimately," Gilmore said. "It's a slap on the wrist, it's a slap on the wrist, and Annabelle has been permanently damaged by this. These pictures are never going away."

She adds that she feels the lenient punishment perpetuates the rumor that these images are of Annabelle.

The incident is under investigation by the Ashland Police Department. District Superintendent Sean Howard says that one student has been disciplined. He declined to answer any more questions regarding the punishment and the investigation.

Stephanie's father, Steve Gilmore, the current Mayor of Ashland and former superintendent of the district says this is an unbelievable level of cyberbullying and describes it as a heinous act.

Mayor Gilmore says he's disappointed in the administration and says that from the top down, they need to get a handle on how to deal with issues like this one.

He says that the administration needs to look at social media policies for the schools and sports teams and also evaluate if the administration is following the policies.

Stephanie Gilmore says she hopes parents will talk to their children about internet safety and the dangers of sexting and cyber bullying.

"To think that these images are forever out there with her name on them, her first and last name are typed on these images, the thought that a potential employer in 10 years might be able to find these images, is devastating," Gilmore said.