A British student dies after being bullied for his good grades
Sam Abel and his dad Mark, who is registered blind, met Prince Harry when Mark competed in the Games last May, The Sun reports.
Mark said: “Sam was thrilled to have met a Prince and it was great to see him happy for once.”
Now, Sam’s devastated parents have spoken out about the bullies who bombarded him with spiteful Snapchat messages day and night.
The clever teen was taunted by bullies who were jealous of his good grades.
School bullies hid his school books from him, punctured his water bottle, calling him a “snitch” when he confided in teachers.
Mark and Anita Abel have said that their son’s death will “haunt them for the rest of their lives” after he took his own life.
An inquest heard how the 14-year old school boy had shared text messages with friends about his depression and suicidal thoughts before the tragic incident took place on January 8.
Sam, who was a pupil at Tudor Grange Academy School, suffered name calling, pranks and physical abuse before the bullies took to social media and bombarded him with cruel messages via Snapchat and Facebook messenger on a daily basis.
Sam’s dad Mark said: “Snapchat messages only last seconds but when you’re getting those messages constantly, the seconds add up and they broke him down in the end.
“It started as individuals but I think more people joined in with taunting him when it developed into cyber bullying.
“We will never know how serious those messages were because the police cannot get access to the messages due to encryption.
“It obviously got that bad that it pushed him over the edge.
“He had no escape from them because it wasn’t just at school anymore.
“It was online and offline and on and off the playground.
“They probably thrived off it or got a kick out of it.”
His parents describe how their son was first bullied in primary school, in year six, but that they were unaware how badly things had escalated.
Mark said: “He kept a lot to himself and what he did share we acted upon. We knew about the bullying but we visited the school several times and were told they were acting on it.
“He did a good job of hiding everything and put up a front and we assumed everything was fine.
“He suffered in silence.
“You put measures in place to make sure your kids are safe but they even bullied him for wearing a yellow crash helmet and jacket.”
Sam confided in school friends and even teaching staff but after thinking the problem was under control, his parents were left in the dark about what their son was going through.
The young student excelled in business and had dreams of becoming the next Alan Sugar, having already set up two successful YouTube channels, reviewing products for the shopping site, Amazon.
Anita said: “He loved school and loved learning. He just hated the people who were there.
“We were looking forward to his exams next year.
“We won’t get to seem him go to his prom or have driving lesson and we are devastated by the verdict at the inquest.
“We will never get over this.”
A spokesman for Tudor Grange Academy said the school had been made aware of several incidents of bullying, which had been dealt with sensitively.
They said: “As a school we are devastated by Sam’s death and our thoughts are very much with his family. He was a kind, considerate pupil and we miss him.
“As a school, we do not tolerate bullying. We encourage our students to go to any member of staff if anything is worrying them, any concerns are taken very seriously.
“Issues are dealt with sensitively by providing support for the young person through our trained counsellors or other appropriate staff and senior leaders deal with incidents that require sanctions for individuals to keep the children in our care safe from bullying.
“Experienced and caring staff have been helping the students to come to terms with this tragedy and they will continue to do so.”