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Bullied girl's death was suicide
Amy Tipton
Amy Tipton felt she was unpopular at school
A 14-year-old girl killed herself by taking an overdose of anti-depressants after being bullied, an inquest has been told.

Amy Rose Tipton, from Spennells, Kidderminster, died in hospital on 27 September 2004 after taking a fatal dose of dothiepin.

Worcestershire Coroner Court heard Amy who attended King Charles I School in Kidderminster had left behind a note.

Coroner Victor Round recorded a verdict of suicide.

'Intelligent and articulate'

The court heard how the note had been found in Amy's room saying goodbye to family and friends.

The schoolgirl was confirmed dead at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital on September 27 last year, an hour after she was found collapsed in her bedroom.

Worcestershire Coroner's Court was told Amy had told her mother that she did not want to attend school until she knew who was going to be in her class.

Referring to a note found in Amy's room, Mr Round went on: "It's clearly a letter saying goodbye to family and friends.

"Clearly, from reading them, all the documents, she was an intelligent and an articulate girl.

"She felt she was unpopular at school and did not have many friends."

Mr Round said Amy, who had two half-sisters, had had other worries but he would not disclose them in public.

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