A U.K. teenager has been placed on life support after attempting suicide due to being bullied for months.
A gang had bullied Bradley Parkes, 16, incessantly before he attempted to kill himself, the Coventry Telegraph reports. According to his mother, Tiffany, 35, the gang had robbed him at knifepoint and even cut his face. He has since been placed in a medically induced coma at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
“He’s left a suicide note saying he was taking his own life as it was easier than what he was going through,” Tiffany told the Coventry Telegraph.
“He’s in an induced coma at the moment,” she continued, “and they think he has swelling on the brain.”
According to Tiffany, the trouble began last year when the gang robbed Bradley and two of his friends.
“They even cut his face with a knife and told him not to tell people,” she said. “He’s even had his hand broken.
“Every time they see him they just take everything off him,” she added. “People know all about this gang and they are arrested for all sorts.”
Unfortunately, Tiffany and Bradley found law enforcement officials to be of no help.
“I have gone to the police lots of times but it doesn’t do anything,” she said. “And not many people do go to the police as they are scared. I’m running out of options.”
Bradley has two younger brothers, ages 8 and 4, as well as 12-year-old and 10-month-old sisters.
At the time of his attempted suicide, he was studying at Ernesford Grange School and planned to go to university.
Gangs in the area have reportedly been terrorizing other children as well.
“This is happening to a lot of children in the area and I’ve had lots of mums messaging me - one has even had to move house because of it,” Tiffany said. “They have smashed people’s windows, vandalized people’s homes and even set fire to someone using a deodorant can and a lighter. It left the person with burns on their stomach.”
For now, Bradley's friends and family are showing their support, with many posting messages on his Facebook wall.
“Stay strong Bradley you can pull through this,” Alyssa Crawley wrote.
“You’re a fighter bro, you can pull through this,” said Daniel Dunn.
According to the CDC, suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people, with about 4,400 deaths a year.
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