Horse-mad boy, 14, found hanged in school by sister after years of bullying

A teenager who had a passion for horses and riding was found hanged in the toilets at school by his sister after years of bullying.

Bradley John, 14, was discovered by his younger sister after he attempted to kill himself due to him being picked on over his love of horses.

An inquest in Llanelli heard how Bradley from Ammanford was in good spirits when he got to St John Lloyd Comprehensive Catholic School on September 12, 2018.

During the day he disappeared from lessons and was found in the toilets by his younger sister and a member of school staff, reports The Sun.

His dad Byron John, 56, was contacted by the headteacher Ashley Howells saying his son had tried to take his own life and paramedics were treating him.

Bradley's father told the inquest “There was a heavy presence of medics and police at the school – we weren’t allowed to see him but I insisted.

“I told the medics, 'Don’t stop,' I just wanted him to open his eyes or move his hand.”

The year 10 pupil was declared dead later the same day after being rushed to hospital.

Bradley was a gifted rider and attended an equestrian centre run by Olympic show jumper David Broom but Byron told the inquest that his hobby meant he was "tormented" by bullies.

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“It was horrific. We were trying to get through to Bradley that if he managed his reaction differently the bullies would get fed up and move on,” he said during proceedings.

The inquest heard that Bradley was sexually assaulted, beaten, and had his possessions and clothes stolen on the bus.

Sometimes pupils at the school would spit in his food or pout salt and vinegar over his lunch.

Bradley's dad said he had made 104 calls to the school from his mobile phone in the year leading up to his son’s death.

Coroner’s officer Malcolm Thompson told the hearing: “Bradley had been diagnosed with ADHD and as a result was a target for bullying behaviour.

“He was subjected to bullying incidents at St John Lloyd and at times would react verbally.”

The inquest, in Llanelli, continues.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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