A 14-year-old boy took his own life after he was relentlessly bullied, his parents said.
Sam Abel was ‘bombarded with spiteful messages’ on social media by bullies who were jealous of his good grades.
His parents have spoken of their devastation at their son’s death.
He told close friends, ‘I want to die, to prove a point.’An the inquest heard how Sam had shared text messages with friends about his depression and suicidal thoughts before the tragic incident took place on January 8.
Bullies hid his school books from him, punctured his water bottle and called him a ‘snitch’ when he confided in teachers.
And his parent has revealed that he was devastated when, as a keen cyclist, he was bullied because he wore a cycling helmet – and thugs even slashed his bike tires.
Sam, who was a pupil at Tudor Grange Academy School, was first bullied at school and then things moved online too and he was receiving messages via snap chat and Facebook messenger on a daily basis, his parents said.Mark and Anita Abel have said that their son’s death will ‘haunt them for the rest of their lives’ after he could no longer cope with daily abuse and killed himself by jumping from the roof of a city center car park in Worcester.
Sam’s dad, Mark said: ‘We will never know how serious those messages were because the police cannot get access to the messages due to encryption.’
His parents describe how their son was first bullied in primary school, in year 6, but that they were unaware how badly things had escalated.
‘You put measures in place to make sure your kids are safe but they even bullied him for wearing a crash yellow crash helmet and jacket.Mark said: ‘He did a good job of hiding everything and put up a front and we assumed everything was fine.
‘We visited the school numerous times but he hated us going down there because he thought the bullies would call him a grass.’
Sam’s parents said he never really settled on one friend but moved between groups but noticed the bullying he suffered escalated when he went on a school skiing trip to Austria, last Easter.
Mark said: ‘It should have been the best trip of his life but he called us up every night crying, to the point that we wanted to bring him home.
‘They would torment him in the dormitories at night, name calling and playing pranks, pushing him.’
However, Sam’s parents described how he had begun to improve over the last year in all his school subjects and seemed much happier about attending school.
Thank you, Jen Mill, for bringing this to the public, all parents should read this. Congratulations.