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This 19-Year-Old's Dad Unfriended Her On Facebook For Supporting Independence

"He said, 'If Scotland goes independent, I'm blaming you and I'm leaving this country and it's your fault.'"

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This is 19-year-old Laura Rose Casey. Yesterday her father deleted her on Facebook after she told him she was voting for Scottish independence.

Although initially convinced by the No campaign, she changed her mind after researching the issue. She confessed it to her dad only yesterday.

Love when my family fall out with me over Scottish independence. #fuckyou #indyref #VoteYes

AliceInWonderland@Laurarosecasey

Love when my family fall out with me over Scottish independence. #fuckyou #indyref #VoteYes

3:59 PM - 12 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He cut off ties shortly afterwards and won't speak to her any more, she told BuzzFeed News.

"My dad posted a status on Facebook saying that he would remove any person who was voting Yes from his Facebook and would no longer be in contact with them. And I retaliated, saying that was a narrow-minded view and that regardless of the outcome of the referendum, we should stick together."

At this point, her father simply deleted her on Facebook.

"All my family are voting No and I just feel really singled out by that, but it doesn't change or make me question my views," she said.

Casey, who lives with her mum and older brother, said her dad tried to guilt-trip her into changing her mind. She's the only member of her family in favour of independence.

"He said, 'If Scotland goes independent, I'm blaming you and I'm leaving this country and it's your fault,'" Casey said. "I don't know if that's his way of trying to make me change my mind but it's not working."

Casey posted this status after her dad unfriended her.

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And Casey, who studies pharmacology at university, has already sent off her postal vote.

"It just makes it hard for my family to accept that I'm different," she said. "I've always been quite strong-minded, but I was convinced I was going to be voting No until two weeks ago, when all my fears and my concerns were answered."

Now her father's not even talking to her.

"My dad's really stubborn, so I can't convince him, but I'll just do what I can and I'm not going to back down if people tell me I'm wrong. I think an independent Scotland could be beneficial."

But what's next for Casey? "I'm just going to leave my dad to his own devices. I think families falling out over politics is totally stupid."

@sirajdatoo I'm a strong independent women who loves to get involved in politics but my vote shouldn't affect how my family see me.

AliceInWonderland@Laurarosecasey

@sirajdatoo I'm a strong independent women who loves to get involved in politics but my vote shouldn't affect how my family see me.

4:12 PM - 12 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Casey has contacted BuzzFeed News to say that her father has apologised for his actions.

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Siraj Datoo at siraj.datoo@buzzfeed.com.

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