In an effort to show the results of bullying, the parents of a 12-year-old boy in have publicly posted pictures of their son dying in a hospital after he hanged himself.
Dylan Stewart was reportedly attacked by bullies both verbally and physically multiple times when he entered a new school, the Lakeside Academy in Shropshire, according to the Telegraph.
After numerous bullying incidents, Dylan was discovered unconscious in his house after hanging himself. Though Dylan was determined to have hanged himself by local coroner John Ellery, it is unclear whether he intended to commit suicide and the incident was deemed an accidental death.
Dylan’s parents took him to Birmingham Children’s Hospital after finding him, but he died after eight days of care.
The boy’s mother, Amanda Stewart, said she decided to post pictures of her son in the hospital to try to deter bullies in the future.
"If it helps save one other child then we've achieved something. I don't want other parents to suffer like he have,” Stewart said. "Bullies need to know the impact their actions can have, it has had catastrophic consequences for our family and we want them to see what they have done. No parents should have to bury their own child, nothing can bring Dylan back- but we hope this sends a strong message.”
At school, Stewart said that her son was attacked multiple times and called “Downey.”
"Before he started school, he was outgoing, he was always on his bike but afterwards that changed and he became more withdrawn compared to what he used to be,” Stewart said.
Stewart added that her family will not be the same after losing their son.
"He was a beautiful boy, he was so loving and we miss him every day,” she said. "We don't know what we are going to do at Christmas. Next year, he was going to be 13, coming of age. We don't know what we are going to do. When we sit down at the table as a family, there's always one empty chair."
Though the school’s vice principal said Dylan had been excelling in most subjects and that staff had intervened in bullying incidents, father Robert Stewart said he thinks schools still need to be more proactive in preventing bullying.
"No child should be pushed to the point where they have to take their life because they feel that's the only way to escape,” he said. "They need to know that there is a way out, that there are other ways. Schools need to be more proactive on bullying, not just put children into segregation or isolation.”
Stewart added that he thinks parents must be alerted more promptly to bullying incidents.
Source: The Telegraph