A 15-year-old girl in England who made a YouTube video reassuring other kids that they can get through being bullied was found dead last weekend.
Metropolitan police found the body of Sinead Taylor on Aug. 23. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The death is being treated as non-suspicious,” police said. It has not been revealed how the teen died.
The aspiring dancer posted diary-like videos to YouTube advising kids not to let bullying lead to self-harm. She uploaded a new video to her channel, Sinead X Taylor, just two months ago explaining that she was bullied in primary school and secondary school, but she explained it had stopped in the past two years.
“It all got to me at some point and I did some self-harming,” she said. “Self-harming doesn’t help. It just makes it worse. Committing suicide makes it worse. Doing anything to harm yourself is worse, and I have noticed that. You have just got to stand up to them and be, like: ‘Look, this is who I am. Take me for who I am or not at all. I was a tomboy back then. I thought I was one of the boys.”
She then explains she had a lot of trouble fitting in with girls.
“There was one boy who didn’t like me because I used to hang with boys … he used to make me feel so awful, I just wanted to go home and cry,” she said.
There were girls who tormented her as well.
"[At secondary school] people used to call me a lesbian or bisexual," she said. "They accused me of looking at them whilst they were getting changed. It all got to me at some point and I did self-harming. I used to cut myself every night before I went to bed.”
But she said she got over it and did not let bullying continue to hurt her.
“Now if I get upset I just shut it all down ... and just cry," she said. "Tell your family you just want 10 to 15 minutes alone. It’s helped me a lot and I haven’t been bullied since.”
Later in the video, she said she is happy with her boyfriend of five months, although it is hard work. She also said she applied to a new dance school.
“[The bullies] are not worth it,” she said at the end of the video. “I hope this helps you.”
Her uncle, Manoj Sangar, told the London Evening Standard that the family is in shock.
“We just cannot believe what has happened here,” he said. “It seemed Sinead was a happy girl and she was loved by the whole family. She did not appear to have any problems. She was lovely and knew her own mind and the difference between right and wrong. We are all devastated and I cannot come to terms with it.”