Son of Invictus Games competitor killed himself after being bullied for being too clever

1 Jun

“He had been rejected a number of times. He had been in a bad place – he had not been able to get out of this mindset.”

He said there had been a minor argument at home on the morning of the tragedy. Text messages from Sam’s phone showed that he told his classmates he nearly killed himself on New Year’s Eve. 

Sam Roach, Tudor Grange Academy School principal, described the pupil as “sweet and bright”, excelling in a variety of subjects. She also said the school was working towards a culture of openness and defended how the school dealt with bullying.

Mrs Roach said: “We were unaware what was going on. We have a zero tolerance of bullying, once we are aware of issues.

“Children are sanctioned. We have had assemblies. We have a school counsellor, holding sessions at lunchtime and evenings. We did not know what was happening, when children knew. We have a place for children to go to staff and report it.”

Worcestershire coroner Geraint Williams recorded a verdict of suicide.

He said he was satisfied there was compelling evidence the teenager had intended to kill himself, and offered his condolences to the family.

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