Do you think the pupil who threatened to have him stabbed was responsible? (Why/Why Not)A teenager killed himself after he was allegedly bullied at school by a pupil who threatened to have him stabbed.
‘Caring and gentle’ Harry Gray, 15, was found hanging outside his bedroom by his mother Dannii Hollis when she returned home to cook dinner.
Despite efforts to revive him, he died a few hours later after being airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
An inquest heard that just a month before his death in April this year, a fellow pupil at Northfield School started making threats to have Harry stabbed.
He was also struggling in his English and art lessons, which was upsetting him.
Harry, from Billingham, Teesside, had no history of mental health issues and gave no indication to family that he was thinking about suicide.
He had reported the stab threats to the school, but the pupil later told him that had only made it worse, and the threats continued.
Dannii, 33, said Harry had skipped school one afternoon before the Easter holidays.
She said: ‘We reassured him that (the stabbing) was not going to happen and to call me from school if it happened again.’
The day he died he spent time with family and playing on his Xbox, but complained of feeling ill with a cold.
Detective Inspector Kath Vickers told an inquest at Teesside Coroners Court that after Harry’s death two people were arrested, but there was not enough evidence to charge them.
She said there was no evidence that he was being bullied any more than would be constituted normal child interaction.
But Dannii, a nurse, told the inquest: ‘I am absolutely furious about that. On his iPad Harry screenshot the threats from the child.
‘If that isn’t Harry being picked on I don’t know what its. The police had all these things.’
Coroner Claire Bailey recorded a verdict of suicide.