A teenager who was relentlessly bullied at school – made a heartbreaking comment to friends before committing suicide.
Fourteen-year-old Sam Abel was targeted ‘for years’ by bullies who hid his school books, punctured his water bottle and called him a ‘snitch’ when he confided in teachers, according to Daily Mail.
His devastated parents said the clever teenager was ‘bombarded with spiteful messages on social media day and night’ by bullies because they were ‘jealous of his good grades’.
Sam died when he fell from a car park at Asda in Worcester city centre back in January and now his parents, Mark and Anita, have spoken out about the bullies and it has been revealed.
The teen reportedly told told close friends:
I want to die to prove a point.
The couple said that their son’s death will ‘haunt them for the rest of their lives’ after he could no longer cope with daily abuse on Snapchat and Facebook – and in school.
Although Sam confided in his school friends and teachers – after thinking the problem was ‘under control’, Mark and Anita say they were ‘left in the dark’ about what their son was going through.
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.
Anita and Mark said their son was first bullied in year six, but that they didn’t know how bad it had become over time.
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 crash yellow crash helmet and jacket.
They said their son ‘never really settled on one friend’ but moved between groups and he was bullied when he went on a school ski trip to Austria, last Easter.
It should of been the best trip of his life but he called us up every night crying, to the point that we wanted to bring him home They would torment him in the dormitories at night, name calling and playing pranks, pushing him.
The family believe it all became ‘too much for him to bear’ on the day he went to the city centre car park, just 10 minutes away from the family home.
His dad was away on a skiing trip and I had asked him to help with some housework.
We had a very small disagreement and he said he was going out to clear his head but he never came home. I never told him I loved him that day. He was all alone and he carried those thoughts for months before he climbed those stairs.
We never thought he would have the guts to do it.
The family are now trying to come to terms with Sam’s suicide and deal with the impact Sam’s death. Sam was also a carer for his father, after Mark lost his sight six years ago.
Sam 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.