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Last Updated: Friday, 16 July, 2004, 12:29 GMT 13:29 UK
Boy's suicide over bullying fears
Groves School, Wrexham
James Rogers was said to have been bullied at Groves School in Wrexham
A 16-year-old boy who was bullied at school killed himself because he was scared that it could happen again, an inquest has heard.

The coroner heard that James Rogers, from Wrexham, left Groves School in the town after being badly bullied.

He later moved to a different school, where his father said he became a "different person," but soon began to worry that bullying would start again.

He was found dead with tablets strewn around his bed at home in Holt.

His father John told the inquest that James had suffered a great deal at his old school.

When he went to Darland (school) he was a different person
John Rogers
"He was coming home with bruises and his clothes torn," he said.

"It came to the stage where he would skip lessons, then he told his mother he had left school and said he would kill himself if he had to go back."

As a result he was given a place at Darland School in Rossett.

"He was brilliant there," his father said.

"When he was at the Groves he was down and depressed but when he went to Darland he was a different person."

But the inquest was told how James' worries returned when he met his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend whilst having a drink.

A confrontation ensued.

This left him upset and worried that the bullying was starting all over again.

He was found dead the next morning with a note saying he thought life was not worth living.

Deputy coroner John Gittins said James might have taken the tablets on impulse but the note showed it was a deliberate act.

A verdict of suicide was recorded.


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