Peter Andre banned son Junior from sharing trolling messages targeting disabled brother Harvey – but he did it anyway

PETER Andre has revealed he banned his son Junior from sharing cruel trolling messages targeting his disabled brother Harvey.

But the strong-willed 15-year-old shared the messages on Instagram anyway – to highlight the "horrific things" children his age have to read.

"It's terrible to think about someone saying that to your son and, as you can imagine, I wasn't very happy," Pete wrote in his new! magazine column this week.

"I did ask Junior why he shared it as I was against it, but he said it's important to show that kids his age get these messages and I understood it from that point of view.

"People doing this stuff should be reported and should be ashamed of themselves."

Pete explained that he "used to suffer" from trolling but has learned not to give the trolls "room to breathe" on his own Instagram page.

"I block them straight away and I've told Junior to do the same and stay away from negativity," he added.

The dad-of-four also revealed he doesn't think comments should be allowed on children's social media at all and there should be laws governing trolls.

"I'd love to start a campaign about it," he said.

Earlier this month Junior begged fans to expose a sick troll who bombarded him and his brother Harvey with abuse "all day".

The teen shared messages and photos from the Instagram account sending the abuse.

Junior asked his 395,000 followers not to send the troll abuse and instead requested they report him to teachers and his parents.

Writing on his Instagram Story, Junior said: "He spent most of last night and today sending me vile and abusive messages telling me to kill myself and that my "f***ing s***** brother Harvey' should do the same.

"All hes wanted is for me to do is respond so here goes [sic.]."

He added: "I don't want any anger or abuse directed at him but could someone please tell this brave boys mum and dad what he's up to? [sic.]

"Also maybe his teachers. Maybe then he'll learn that you shouldn't abuse defenceless people online."

The troll seemingly lashed out at Junior because he thought the teen messaged his girlfriend.

In the messages, he insulted Junior and calls Harvey – who was born with multiple disabilities – ableist and racist slurs.

Posting from a now-deleted Instagram account, they wrote: "Hahahaha imagine trying to get fired into my bird's DMs you f***ing banger, check the nick of you man you are one ugly b*****d away the f**k out my bird's DMs you c***."

They go on to tell Junior to take his own life, and use derogatory slurs against his older brother – including a photoshopped picture of Harvey on Haribo.

Junior's mum Katie, 42, has long-campaigned for harsher consequences for online trolls as Harvey is regularly targeted online.

His disabilities include ADHD, autism, genetic condition Prader-Willi Syndrome and septo-optic dysplasia, which causes blindness – and he has been victim to cruel abuse for years.

She launched Harvey's Law in 2017, and has even taken it to Parliament.

As well as sick jibes about his disablities, Harvey is also subjected to racism – with Katie campaigning for the government to change the law to tackle online trolls.

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