Responsibility? Not a word that enters the vocabulary of shallow sensationalist ‘reality’ TV shows that enjoy profiting form other people’s misery. I knew from a simple blurb what this programme would be like which is why I avoided watching it. Well done Channel 4 you absolute imbeciles: “Labour MP Shabana Mahmood, who has been contacted by parents, said: “The production company has a responsibility to help deal with the fallout”
Children who live on the road shown on Channel 4 programme Benefits Street are being targeted by school bullies.
Producers have been criticised for presenting residents of Birmingham’s James Turner Street as feckless and work-shy criminals.
Tories led by Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith have used the show to justify brutal welfare cuts.
But youngsters who live there are being picked on even though they are not on the show.
One working mum revealed: “My daughter is 12. She’s been in tears since the first episode.”
Labour MP Shabana Mahmood, who has been contacted by parents, said: “The production company has a responsibility to help deal with the fallout.”
The bullying has come to light after claims people featured on the show were bribed with beer and cigs.
C4 has denied bribery but admitted producers “helped out” residents with food.
Meanwhile police and social workers launched a probe yesterday over claims a child bride who starred in the show has had a baby.
A Romanian – identified as Madaline Balasa – appeared on Monday night’s episode with her husband Stefan Stana. The girl, now 16, was 15 when filming took place.
Birmingham Social Services and West Midlands Police are investigating.
Supt Danny Long said: “The family no longer reside there.” “(http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/benefits-street-kids-attacked-school-3026469)