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"You're gonna regret that!".
~ Lauren threatens Bethany Platt after she stands up to her for her constant bullying.

Lauren is a fictional character and recurring antagonist in the British soap opera Coronation Street. She appeared as a major antagonist in 2016.

She was a student of Weatherfield High School who constantly bullied her classmate Bethany Platt in a storyline that revolved on the latter's victimization of school bullying. This lasted for months until she was eventually expelled for the bullying.

She was portrayed by Shannon Flynn.

History

Lauren is a high student at Weatherfield High School who was likely in the same class as established character Bethany Platt. At some point, Lauren and her friends began to bully Bethany to the point of tormenting and harassing her in school.

Lauren makes opprobrious remarks about Bethany and her mother Sarah Platt as well as pulling her hair. Lauren and her friend Shelley, send cruel messages to Bethany online. Lauren, Shelley and the others follow Bethany home, but Luke Britton intervenes and forces them to leave. When Sarah learns of Bethany's bullying, she visits Lauren at her home and confronts both Lauren and her mother. Judging from the conversation between Lauren and her mother, Bethany is not the only student Lauren has bullied.

In April 2016, Lauren and her friends follow Bethany back home and make cruel remarks about her newborn half-brother Harry. Just then, Bethany's uncle Nick Tilsley sees the situation and calmly asks Lauren to leave his niece alone. At first, Lauren doesn't feel threatened by Nick and replies that he looks like he's going to have a breakdown, before Nick snaps and snatches Lauren's bag and throws it to the ground, spilling the contents and orders her again to leave Bethany alone, before leaving. An annoyed Lauren picks up her bag and warns Bethany that she and Nick are in trouble.

Lauren later returns with her mother, who demands justice for what Nick did - only for the rest of the Platt family to stand up for Nick, with Sarah ordering Lauren and her mother to leave upon learning that Bethany is still getting bullied. Later that month, Lauren and her friends gang on Bethany again, but are prevented from continuing when local resident Luke Britton arrives in his car and gives Bethany a ride home. Bethany looks pleased to see the smiles leave her bullies faces.

In July 2016, Lauren appears to bury the hatchet with Bethany - claiming that she was forced to be mean by her friends and offers to help Bethany get a job. However, this is turns out to be a trick as Lauren and her friends learn that Sarah has been put into a psychiatric ward in light of enduring a mental breakdown over the recent ordeal her family went through caused by her deceased ex-boyfriend and Harry's father Callum Logan - whom she thought was still alive at the time. Lauren and her friends began to shout "psycho" at Bethany, but they fled when cafe owner Anna Windass arrived moments later.

In August 2016, Lauren reappears and it's revealed that due to Lauren's bullying, Bethany had failed her GCSE's and Bethany joined the gym under the belief that she was overweight which caused her to start taking diet pills which resulted in her collapsing while exercising. Lauren had found Bethany training in the gym and started mocking as well as kick her causing Bethany to lash out and hit her and causing Anna's son and the gym's manager Gary Windass to intervene and force Lauren to leave the gym while Lauren is swearing revenge.

In September 2016, Lauren reappears after Gary reported her to Bethany's headmaster and during a meeting between Lauren's mother, Sarah, and the headmaster, Lauren convinced her mother that Bethany had been bullying her and showed the bruises inflicted by Bethany when she defended herself. When Sarah and Lauren's mother start arguing, the headmaster decides to suspend both Lauren and Bethany until further notice. She reappears in another episode and it's implied that due to Lauren's bullying Bethany is suicidal because she laments on the death of Bethany's aunt Kylie and wished that Bethany had died rather than Kylie. Moments later Lauren appears at the salon and bullies Bethany when her other uncle David Platt arrived. He requested a temporary cease fire and gives Lauren a wash and blow dry as a peace offering. He sends Bethany to fetch coffee for her and David but David locks the door behind her and uses the scissors to ruin Lauren's hair in revenge for bullying Bethany and insulting Sarah and Kylie, saying that next time it will be her throat. Lauren then calls the police on David as well as wanting revenge on Bethany but David is let off with a warning after convincing the police that Lauren wanted her haircut, but got into a frenzy when she changed her mind after the first cut.

In late September 2016, Lauren was finally expelled from school following multiple complaints from the other students who were being bullied by Lauren and it was also revealed that some of Lauren's own friends sent complaints as well in regards to her bullying. Lauren's father threatens Bethany for getting Lauren expelled and for Bethany's family for getting involved with stopping Lauren's bullying - it's suggested that Lauren's behavior was caused by her parents spoiling her.

Later on, Lauren's father attacked David for what he did to her. It is later implied that Lauren and her parents have been reported to the police for this, but at the time David was more focused on his campaign against Callum's associate and Kylie's murderer Clayton Hibbs in the end.

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=Trivia

  • Lauren appeared only 14 times on Coronation Street throughout her whole 2016 duration.
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