Highland News article provokes Facebook anger
The Highland News publishes an article about how at a party in Nairn, a 17-year old girl had boiling water poured on her while male friends filmed it: Painter poured boiling water over woman at Nairn party.
However, the tone of the piece, which jokes about the action getting the defendant “in hot water” seems to have backfired.
The piece is linked to on the Highland News’ Facebook page, which leads to plenty of harsh comments and criticisms from family and friends of the girl, berating both the journalist, the Highland News, and the attitude of one of the police officers involved.
While the piece does mention that the girl is not expected to have permanent scarring, and will heal in 6-8 weeks, family say she’s badly scalded and having to take morphine for the pain.
While the Nairnshire Telegraph’s “Cop this” section on local crime can easily convey a sense of a seaside town suffering only small amounts of petty crime, there’s an unparalleled degree of anger and invective being posted on Facebook by a number of people about this particular incident.