A young mother claimed she has been receiving death threats after posting a ‘disrespectful’ rant that the homeless man who helped victims of the Manchester terror attack was given a house before she was.
Emily Walton, 22, saw red after learning that rough sleeper Stephen Jones was getting a roof put over his head as a thank you for cradling children injured in the suicide bombing last Monday evening.
The mother-of-one, who had been waiting for social housing for over a year, shared her anger on Facebook at the news of Mr Jones’ good fortune – but was surprised at the backlash.
Ms Walton wrote on May 24, just two days after 22 died in the attack: ‘F*** you world homeless man in Manchester offered a house and job for helping in terror attack and people like me and chaz cant get a place f*** you England.’
After a friend tried to point out that the man had risked his life to help injured children, Ms Walton responded that she ‘didn’t give a s***’ what he had done and that ‘he’s probably drugged up on heroin and still gets a place’.
Since posting the status, Ms Walton , from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, claimed she has received death threats and a torrent of online abuse and admits she regrets posting the comments.
Ms Walton, a mother-of-one said: ‘I wrote the status thinking nothing of it and it’s been shared. I wasn’t thinking anything at all when I posted it but everyone has been on my case.
‘We [have] got a house now, [but] they [only] told us the other day.
‘I was receiving death threats from people all over and they were offended by the status.
‘I told them they don’t even know me and they said ‘you don’t want to come up here, there’s loads of people after you.’
‘Of course, people have shared it and it’s gone worldwide now.
‘I don’t want people thinking that I’m the bad person. I posted it, not in a nasty way, but just as a status.
‘I just posted the status as a normal status on Facebook and I’m getting slandered left, right and centre. I wasn’t having a go at anyone on it, or slagging anyone off.