A 16-year-old, from Fareham, near Portsmouth, hanged himself in the woods after being bullied for years for being gay.
Cameron Warwick, who had struggled with autism and depression, was bullied by his classmates for being gay after coming out as gay when he was 12.
His mother, Kerry Warwick, told the inquest that other boys would throw things at him during lunch breaks, trip him up in the corridor, and call him horrible names like ‘autistic f***’.
The grieving mother said: “The bullies would prey on the fact he was gay. He was ostracised, with pupils refusing to sit with him and calling him names.”
“By Year 10, he had resigned himself to the bullying.”
His mother Kerry said his mental health affected due to being bullied and he started self-harming.
Cameron’s school friend, Bill Ashcroft, told Cameron was even called ugly by one boy at the school.
He said: “He didn’t keep his mental health a secret if something was wrong he would always talk to us about it.”
Last September, Cameron was found dead in the woods and his death was recorded as a suicide.
Coroner Jason Pegg said at the inquest: “Cameron had this background of autism – which resulted in bullying at times. Not only did he take his own life, but he also intended to do so.”
Chris Prankerd, the headteacher of Fareham Academy where Cameron was enrolled in a computer science course, told he doesn’t know anything about Cameron being bullied but he is totally against bullying.
Cameron’s 18-year-old partner Christopher Robertson also said he was being bullied at his school for years.
Christopher told the inquest: “I believe Cameron was relentlessly bullied at school by other students for coming out as gay.”
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