A 15-year-old was found hanging from a tree after struggling to cope with a reported allergy to WiFi.
Jenny Fry, 15, from Oxfordshire, England, frequently experienced tiredness, bladder issues and intense headaches before her June 11 death, the Cotswold Journal reports. Her symptoms were allegedly caused by electro-hypersensitivity (EHS), which was aggravated by the wireless internet at her school.
The teen's distressing symptoms, which were never fully examined by a physician, caused Jenny to be frequently punished at Chipping Norton School.
“She was receiving lots of detentions, not for being disruptive in class or misbehaving, but often because she used to take herself out of the classroom to find another where she was able to work,” Debra Fry, Jenny’s mother, said at the inquest into Jenny's death, according to the Journal. The inquest was held on Nov. 19 at Oxfordshire Coroners' Court.
According to Debra, Jenny had started having medical problems in November 2012. These problems coincided with the installation of WiFi at Jenny's home and school.
"Jenny was getting ill and so was I,” the mother said. “I did some research and found how dangerous WiFi could be so I had it taken out of the house. Both Jenny and I were fine at home but Jenny continued to be ill at school in certain areas.”
Unfortunately, Jenny’s medical concerns were reportedly not taken seriously by the school.
“I took lots of information into school to show the headteacher, Simon Duffy, but he said there was equally the same information available claiming WiFi was safe,” Debra said. “I also had a heated exchange with teachers telling them Jenny was allergic to WiFi and that it made no sense making her take detentions in rooms that were making her ill.”
On June 11, 2015, Jenny was found at 4:20 p.m. by her mother in Brooke Woods. The 15-year-old had texted her friend twice that morning, but the friend reportedly did not have her phone with her.
Headteacher Duffy released a statement to pay a tribute to Jenny after she died, according to the Oxford Times.
“Jenny was an incredibly gifted student with huge potential,” Duffy wrote in the statement.
Jenny’s parents are requesting that WiFi be removed from schools and nurseries following the incident, the Journal notes.
"I am not against a bit of technology but I do feel schools should be aware that some children are going to be sensitive to it and reduce its use,” Debra said.
EHS is currently not recognized as a medical diagnosis in the U.K., but Debra is hoping to raise awareness about the allergy.
Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter said that based upon the evidence of the situation, it is unclear whether Jenny truly intended to take her own life or not. The text messages she sent to her friend -- which included her intentions and her location -- could have been a cry for help.