heartbreaking images of their son dying in hospital to shame his
The youngster was found unconscious in his bedroom in Telford,
Shropshire, with a ligature wrapped around his neck..
His mother said that Dylan had been “outgoing” before starting at the school,
adding: “He was a beautiful boy, he was so loving and we miss him every
“He lived for laughing. He was always laughing with me and the family.”
Dylan Stewart grew depressed after being picked on by children at school who battered him at a bus stop, an inquest heard.
His mother Amanda, 39, said: “We want them to see what they have done. Bullies need to know the impact.”
The inquest heard Dylan was a model pupil at Lakeside Academy in Telford, which says it has a “rigorous anti-bullying policy.”
his family believing that bullying was a contributing factor to Dylan’s
death, teachers told the hearing there was no allegation he was being
His devastated mother and father claimed Dylan had been persistently
picked-on at Lakeside Academy School after he started attending there in
January of this year.
Dylan, who named his tormentor to his parents, even told his mother cops
had investigated the main bully’s friend, not the perpetrator himself.
|Dylan Stewart in his hospital bed prior to his death.|
attacked on numerous occasions by youths who also branded him “Downey” –
a reference to Downs Syndrome, which he did not have.
“made his life hell” Amanda has released hard-hitting images of Dylan
unconscious in his hospital bed in the days after she found him hanged.
He died on April 22.
business, but is currently off sick after suffering a stroke, said she
hoped the photograph would deter bullies in the future.
“No parents should have to bury their own child, nothing can bring Dylan back – but we hope this sends a strong message.”
There have been quite a few children/teen’s deaths directly attributed to bullying. Children from the age of six up.
You might think children don’t think of suicide, or suffer depression, but you would be wrong. There is much debate over whether the youngest of children actually understand the concept of death. That they will never come back. That their death was accidental.
But if a noose is found around a child’s neck, and they are no longer breathing, I think you can do away with any notion that that death was accidental.
Bullying alone usually won’t drive adolescents to suicide, said Scott Poland, a nationally recognized expert on bullying and suicide prevention. But it can be the last straw to push them over the edge. By the time they decide to end their lives, most youth have endured any number of risk factors — family conflicts, extreme poverty, significant loss, mental illness, exposure to previous suicides or a family history of suicides.
Please add your thoughts to this most serious of conversations, whether you know of anyone who has been bullied or not. What more do you think the schools should be doing? What about social media? What kind of punishment do you think is appropriate for child/teen bullies? What more can parents do to protect their child?