The author of an article which featured in a Junior Cert exam yesterday without her knowledge has received death threats.
Aoife Dooley, who has autism, says she's received hundreds of vile messages since the English exam.
She's tweeted to say she has received threats including rape and bombing her house, with one user saying they would "cut off her legs", and others insulting her for having autism.
Really don’t know what to do. Day 2 of this and still getting hundreds of messages per min & weird ones like these below. If this continues I’m going to have to close all my pages down, my WORK. This is really upsetting & I didn’t ask for ANY of this. pic.twitter.com/5HFFceUX87
— Aoife Dooley (@Aoife_Dooley) 6 June 2019
All up for a laugh, memes are funny but some of the abuse I’m getting is nothing short of vile ‘I’ll hit you so hard you won’t be Autistic anymore’ etc. Honestly it has gone too far now and all over an article I wrote a long time ago that I never knew would be in the JC
— Aoife Dooley (@Aoife_Dooley) 5 June 2019
In relation to Ms Dooley not being notified she would be featured in the exam a spokesperson from The State Examination Commission said:
"The reason why such a provision is necessary is to recognise the over-riding need to maintain the security and confidentiality of examination papers in advance of their use."
"Any effort to secure the permission of an author or copyright owner in advance would entail disclosing information about the prospective content of a future examination paper."
"The SEC regards the treatment that Ms Dooley has described as having been subjected to on social media since the appearance of yesterday’s English Junior Cycle paper as completely unacceptable by any standard."