Bullies on Snapchat drove a 15-year-old schoolboy to take his personal life, an inquest has heard.
Jack Parker was discovered useless in woodland close to his dwelling in Tyldesley, close to Wigan, on July 28 of final yr.
An inquest at Bolton Coroner’s Court docket yesterday heard that simply days earlier, ‘a swirl of unsubstantiated hypothesis’ about Jack had emerged on social media.
His mom, Karen Robinson, advised the listening to he additionally obtained a quantity of threatening messages over Snapchat.
In a single, a person is alleged to have claimed Jack ‘was going to get jumped and wanted to observe his again’.
Snapchat messages are deleted the second they’ve been learn so it’s not identified who despatched the message, however Mrs Robinson mentioned she believed it performed a job in her son’s loss of life.
Nevertheless, a coroner mentioned he was unable to ascertain whether or not the messages had a ‘direct bearing’ on the Fred Longworth Excessive College pupil’s loss of life.
Jack Parker was discovered useless in woodland close to his dwelling in Tyldesley, close to Wigan, on July 28 of final yr
The listening to was advised Jack had ‘a variety of worries’ within the lead as much as his loss of life.
Giving proof, Mrs Robinson mentioned her son had struggled with not having the ability to exit and see his buddies or girlfriend throughout final yr’s lockdown.
She mentioned Jack was additionally endeavor mock exams in school and the workload was ‘getting on prime of him’.
Then, in June of final yr, Jack’s relationship together with his ‘past love’ ended. Mrs Robinson mentioned he had ‘struggled to get his head round it’.
The inquest heard he had requested a buddy the place he may get antidepressants.
Mrs Robinson added: ‘He simply used to say ‘some issues I can speak to you about, mum, and a few issues I am unable to’.
At 2.30pm on the day of Jack’s loss of life, Mrs Robinson and her accomplice, Andrew, have been going out to rejoice their marriage ceremony anniversary.
‘We have been going to get one thing to eat,’ she defined. ‘We requested if he wished to return and he mentioned no.
‘I made him a scorching chocolate and took it as much as him. I advised him I beloved him and he mentioned he beloved me too. That was the very last thing he mentioned.’
Whereas she was out, Mrs Robinson obtained a textual content message from Jack’s ex-girlfriend to say she was involved about him.
The listening to was advised Jack (pictured) had ‘a variety of worries’ within the lead as much as his loss of life
Mrs Robinson rushed dwelling and dialled 999 to report her son lacking.
Police traced Jack’s cellphone to Colliers Wooden, close to Tyldesley Rugby Union Membership, the place they discovered his physique at 9pm that night.
Pathologist Jonathan Pearson advised the inquest a autopsy examination had given Jack’s reason for loss of life as ‘hanging’.
The inquest heard Jack was not identified to any psychological well being providers, however had confided in his head of yr in school that he was struggling with lockdown and was ‘upset’ in regards to the current break up.
In an announcement, Detective Inspector Tanya Kitchen mentioned the varsity had contacted his household to make them conscious he had been ‘feeling down’.
The inquest heard Jack was ‘shy’, however had a variety of buddies and had aspirations of becoming a member of the RAF.
Recording his conclusion, Senior Coroner Timothy Brennand mentioned he was happy Jack had meant to finish his personal life.
He described him as ‘a completely first rate, hard-working, in style younger man’, however added: ‘It was clear Jack had a variety of worries and heartache.
‘There’s proof he was presumably affected by some ranges of nervousness and low temper, and presumably undiagnosed melancholy.
‘Jack was a younger man with all the things to reside for. However he will need to have thought that taking his personal life was the one approach out.
Jack’s mom Karen Robinson (pictured together with his grandmother Joan Welch) hopes folks will be taught classes from her son’s loss of life
‘This case is an additional salutary reminder of the accountability all of us have as members of the neighborhood that each time we ship any messages into the web ether, there’s typically a trigger and impact.’
Mr Brennand mentioned he meant to jot down to Snapchat to lift the issues of Mrs Robinson, who’s campaigning for the social media platform to extend the minimal age from 13 to 18.
Talking after the listening to, Mrs Robinson mentioned she hoped folks would be taught classes from her son’s loss of life.
‘I simply need younger folks to speak,’ she mentioned.
‘It’s too straightforward to ship nasty messages, particularly on Snapchat. There is not any proof. It simply disappears.
‘They should perceive the implications of it. I would like folks to know there’s one other approach.’
Mrs Robinson mentioned she hoped to unfold the message to younger folks in faculties, together with Jack’s outdated highschool.
Paying tribute to her son, she added: ‘Jack was a phenomenal soul and buddy to many. He would assist anybody.
‘I’ve obtained an enormous quantity of messages saying he had helped different folks with their confidence and to get assist.
‘He simply couldn’t get it for himself. I want he had reached out to anybody.
‘I hope whoever it was that was bullying him has received a conscience and learns from this and would not do it to anybody else.’
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