10-year-old chef takes cyberbullying with a grain of salt

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 23, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 23 at 10:58 PM

 MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. -  10 year old Anna Russell-Sessum started cooking when she was five.

"I want to know what's in my food. Whether it's healthy or not,” she says.

She started a blog called “Anna's Cookbook,” posting her recipes online.  And her hobby stirred up some attention. The local paper featured her in an article.
 
"It was a cool thing to be in the newspaper for something that is my passion,” says Anna.
 
Anna brought the article to Cedar Way Elementary to share it with her classmates. That night, troubling messages started showing up on her website.
 
"I see all comments first so they get emailed to me before they ever get posted,” says her father, Peter Sessum.
 
He knew right away something was wrong.  They called her a brat, and threatened her. One even claimed to be a 67-year-old man.
 
"They're sexually suggestive, and that worried me right away,” says her dad.
 
Much of the vernacular sounded like a child's.  "...UR PARENTS MAKE UR LUNCH U FAT BABY."
 
Another said:  "...MY DREAM IS TO TAKE ALL UR MONEY AND MAKE YOU HOMELESS."
 
Her father took the comments to the principal, who called police. Detectives told him cyberbullying is a crime.   Anna's learned to take it all with a grain of salt.
 
"Some people just find it easier to push someone down rather than to pull them up,” says Anna.  “I’d rather pull someone up then push them down.”

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