Mystery pornography troll targets Church of England primary school staff in yearlong

first_img Kirsty Pellant is a victim of the trollCredit: STIAN ALEXANDER  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A mystery pornography troll has targeted Church of England primary school staff in a year-long hate campaign.Workers’ pictures have been taken from social media and used to create false profiles on pornography websites and adult escorting profiles.At least three staff have been targeted at St John’s in Canterbury, in Kent, with one profile claiming the woman “would consider implied and fully nude roles.”The profile added: “Also private movie producers as well as commercial as i have already starred in several private movies.”One of the victims is the school’s head of welfare and inclusion, Kirsty Pellant, who said she has been left traumatised by the online posts.Her name has been posted on scores of adult websites, with captions such as “Slutty teacher Kirsty Pellant.” They have been discovered on adult websites headed with her name and featuring videos of a woman who looks similar to her as well as images that have been digitally manipulated. On the fake profile, which lists her age as 33, from Canterbury, it states “been on stage in several productions in local area. First nude role due in September”.Police have been investigating for a year to uncover who is behind the malicious campaign against employees. But since the first report of harassment in February 2017, no suspects have been identified. Head teacher Jo Warnock said: “This is online bullying and will not be tolerated. We are absolutely desperate to find out who is responsible and to see them prosecuted. “It’s also important for children to know that it’s not right and we do something about it. It is extremely distressing for the staff involved and their families.”We are working hard to continue as normal as we do not want to see such a malicious person affect the education of the children.”Police said the investigation into harassment of staff at the school is ongoing. Kirsty Pellantcenter_img Some links have been shared on Facebook by parents, forcing the school to warn those circulating them they could face prosecution for making malicious communications.Ms Pellant, 37, who has been working at the school since 2012, said the damaging posts first started appearing in 2016.Her distress intensified in recent weeks with fresh posts appearing online being shared on Facebook in residents’ groups with as many as 23,000 members. She said: “It’s been a horrible year. The impact on me personally can’t be overstated. I could have crumbled because it has been so shocking and upsetting, but I have to keep fighting.”I have made it my mission to take down as many of the posts as possible, but they keep appearing and it’s a long and arduous task.”It’s scary, and I have no idea what the motivation behind it is but it has hit me hard and I shouldn’t have to go through this.”Of course I worry that some people might think it’s true, but all the parents I have spoken to have been very supportive.”She has the full support of the school, Kent County Council and the school governors who have written to all parents telling them about the “malicious and unfounded” attacks, urging them not to share images or links. Ms Pellant said she was distressed by what had happenedCredit:Stian Alexander  Kirsty Pellantlast_img read more