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Second schoolgirl found hanged
Police are not treating the death as suspicious
Police are not treating the death as suspicious
A 14-year-old girl from west Wales has been found hanged just weeks after a close friend in the same class died the same way.

The body of Jade Hughes was found on footbridge over a railway line just a short walk from her home in Pentreharne Road in the Landore area of the city on Saturday.

The tragedy occurred just a month after her classmate at Pentrehafod Comprehensive School, Kirsty Botto, 13, was found hanged in her bedroom.

Police are holding an emergency meeting with Swansea County Council education officers but they have ruled out bullying as a possible link in the deaths despite the fears of some parents.

Her death, coming so soon after we lost Kirsty, has hit everyone within the school and the community hard
Head teacher Gordon Cook

South Wales Police Acting Inspector Hugh Griffiths said Jade's death was not being treated as suspicious.

"Bullying is absolutely out," he said.

"But people are very concerned because it does seem such an unnecessary death.

'Support and counselling'

"There is a meeting at the moment between ourselves and the heads of education in Swansea."

Gordon Cook, head teacher at the school which broke up for the Easter holiday last week, said: "We are absolutely devastated by Jade's death.

"Jade had only joined the school last term but she had settled in well and made a number of friends.

"Her death, coming so soon after we lost Kirsty, has hit everyone within the school and the community hard.

"The school was slowly coming to terms with Kirsty's death, having provided support and counselling to pupils during the last few weeks.

"We will continue to offer support to all our pupils and staff and do everything we can.

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with Jade's family at this time."

'Lot of rumours'

Holland Ayres, a school governor and the county councillor for Landore, said: "This is something that will have to be addressed at the next meeting of governors.

"It is a very tragic case."

Parent Ken Miles, a steward at Landore Social Club, said: "My own daughter goes to this school.

"I have not told her what happened because she is in hospital at the moment.

"But I can say that parents and people in here are very unhappy at the moment.

"The problem is that we do not know what is going on behind closed doors - but there are a lot of rumours going about.

"People are talking about bullying. There is quite a worry it could happen again.

"I think the feeling at the moment is that it is something the governors should deal with."

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