Bullying of local teen continues online

Katie Uffens spoke out about bullying in interview


A former Westview High School student who left school because of bullying is facing more attacks.

10News learned 16-year-old Katie Uffens' tormentors have been using the Internet to find her ever since her interview last week.

"I said, we are going to move schools … this is going to go away. They didn't stop," said Katie's mother, Giselle Uffens.

Despite a police report that describes death threats against Katie and her interview with 10News, it still wasn't enough for her to avoid the bullying.

In her interview with 10News, Katie said at first, she was bullied. Then, it turned into serious threats and police became involved.

"Nobody would stand behind me," she said. "It was just me versus them all."

"I was losing friendships up to that time until I found out about the KKK in February … the 'Kill Katie Klub,'" Katie told 10News.

Police questioned the accused bullies, and in the police report, one of them admits to using the language "kill Katie."

"They had attached the name kill to me," Katie said. "I didn't know if it was a joke or if they were really going to try to kill me."

On Monday, Giselle Uffens told 10News "defamatory photos" of her daughter were posted online.

The bullying has now made its way to Twitter, as tweets like "No one likes you, figure it out" were sent after 10News' story aired on Sept. 7. One tweet, referring to her interview, said "Fake tears bother me … grow up."

Giselle Uffens read one tweet, saying, "… she needs to sit the f down and move to Antarctica. You're a joke to PQ …"

Katie now commutes 30 minutes away for classes, feeling forced to leave her friends behind.

"I wouldn't say that I'm completely alone, but I don't feel like there are a lot of people there for me," she said.

Poway Unified School District officials told 10News their investigation into the matter is over, and because Katie left Westview High her parents should take their concerns to police.

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