16-year-old gymnast hangs herself after publishing photoshopped picture of herself with dark skin and wearing Muslim head scarfBy Mason White 1:15 PM August 31, 2016
|Phoebe Connop with her sister|
By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A teenage athlete in the United Kingdom, decided to end her life after fearing that her friends will call her a racist for photoshopping a picture of herself with dark skin and wearing a Muslim head scarf.
16-year-old Phoebe Connop of Halesowen, was dating a Muslim man from the Middle East, and feared that his parents would not accept her.
In the days before her death, Connop photoshopped a picture of herself with dark skin and wearing a Muslim head scarf, and she told her friends that is how she would have to look for her boyfriend’s parents to accept her.
Connop was a successful gymnast, and planned on becoming a midwife later on in life. The photoshopped picture began circulating on the Internet, and she got negative feedback.
Connop began to fear that she will be branded a racist so she decided to end her life. On the day of her death, Connop had been working with her father Laurence, 53.
He had taken her home earlier than usual because she was not feeling well. When he came home later in the evening, he found his daughter hanging by a rope.