Injured student protester becomes the target of cyberbullying

MONTREAL — It was a chaotic scene at a student protest last Thursday in Quebec City.

During the afternoon demonstration, an officer fired tear gas into the face of 18-year-old Naomie Tremblay-Trudeau.

She suffered a very noticeable facial injury.

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The young woman’s wound is now the source of jokes on Facebook.

Over the weekend, people posted insulting photos on a page titled “Naomie Nutella“.

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The suggestion is the scar looks like a chocolate stain.

Dozens of photos have been posted which ridicule her appearance.

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Mercier was standing next to the victim during Thursday’s protest.

As of Monday afternoon, more than five thousand people have liked the Facebook page in question.

“Imagine five thousand people ganging up on you and making fun of you,” says internet security expert Terry Cutler.

“The guys posting the nasty comments realize they could be traced on-line, law enforcement and telecommunications companies have the capabilities to track back these individuals.”

A Quebec City Police spokesperson told Global News they are aware of the social media comments.

It’s not clear if a criminal investigation looking into possible harrassment has been opened.

Last week, one of the leaders of the ASSE student group, Camille Godbout, was also the victim of harrassment.

Graffiti calling for the young woman’s rape was spotted on a wall inside the Universite-de-Montreal.




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