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Katie Price reaches 200,000 signatures for cyberbullying petition

Katie Price's petition against online abuse could well be debated in Parliament.

Katie Price thanked all the people who helped her anti-cyberbullying petition reach 200,000 signatures on Wednesday (05Apr17).

The model and TV personality set up an official government appeal in March (17) to make online abuse a criminal offence, having witnessed it first hand with vile messages about her disabled son Harvey, who is partially blind, autistic and has Prader-Willi syndrome.

Around a week later, on Wednesday, Katie took to Twitter to celebrate reaching 200,000 signatures, which means her petition will be considered for debate in British Parliament.

“SO happy! Thankyou (sic) all so much for your support, we have officially hit 200k signatures on the petition!!!” she told followers, adding kiss face emojis.

Accompanying the announcement was a screenshot of the petition page, with the headline, “Make online abuse a specific criminal offence and create a register of offenders.”

The opening text, written by the star herself, reads: "Trolling is a major problem in this day and age. People of all ages and background suffer every day, including my family - especially my son Harvey. I have tried my best to expose people and even had two arrested but nothing was done and there were no repercussions or penalties for this behaviour."

Fans flocked to the social networking platform to congratulate Katie’s efforts and commend her for setting up the petition. One posted, “That great news Katie (sic). Lets hope that Parliament will put a stop to all this online bullying,” while another user admitted her 10-year-old daughter was a victim of online abuse and received no help or support.

Katie, 38, previously explained people from all walks of life are affected by the problem, from young women to husbands and wives, listing body shaming and racism as just two examples of the cruelty people receive on the Internet.

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