Submitted Tue, 11/05/2013 - 7:16am by BossFrog
Scary stuff! A Michigan woman was attacked by internet bullies when images of her controversial Halloween costume went viral last week. Alicia Ann Lynch, 22, went as a Boston Marathon bombing victim, clad in runner’s gear and bloody makeup. Moments after she posted a photo of herself in costume on Twitter, other users responded with rage, accusing her of being “an absolutely disgusting human being” and threatening her with rape and murder. Cyberbullies also harassed and threatened Lynch’s friends and family and posted nude photos of her online. Lynch was eventually forced to shutter her various social media accounts. She reportedly lost her job amidst the drama, which she announced on her reopened Twitter account, along with an apology that read, “I am paying for what I thought was a simple joke. I know it was wrong now. I wasn't thinking.” A number of people seemed to accept Lynch’s apology, tweeting that they’d forgiven her. In an interview, Lynch reiterated her regret, but said the internet’s violent response was shocking and inappropriate. “What I did may have been wrong, but is it truly right to wish harm upon someone and say that you’re doing it for the victims?,” she said. She went on to say, “I have nothing to hide. It happened, I made a mistake. I just have to learn from it. I’m not a terrible person.”