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Son of Invictus Games competitor killed himself after being bullied for being

first_img“He had been rejected a number of times. He had been in a bad place – he had not been able to get out of this mindset.”He said there had been a minor argument at home on the morning of the tragedy. Text messages from Sam’s phone showed that he told his classmates he nearly killed himself on New Year’s Eve. Sam Roach, Tudor Grange Academy School principal, described the pupil as “sweet and bright”, excelling in a variety of subjects. She also said the school was working towards a culture of openness and defended how the school dealt with bullying.Mrs Roach said: “We were unaware what was going on. We have a zero tolerance of bullying, once we are aware of issues.”Children are sanctioned. We have had assemblies. We have a school counsellor, holding sessions at lunchtime and evenings. We did not know what was happening, when children knew. We have a place for children to go to staff and report it.”Worcestershire coroner Geraint Williams recorded a verdict of suicide.He said he was satisfied there was compelling evidence the teenager had intended to kill himself, and offered his condolences to the family. “I just hope these bullies can live with the regret. They’ve torn this family apart.”I don’t think people know the effect it has on the people it leaves behind.”We want to express our thanks to the paramedics, the police for their investigation, the support of the school and his friends.”I was abroad on a Paralympic ski meeting at the time I found out. I got a phone call just after I landed from my daughter, Sophie.”He went out after having a minor argument with his mum. His mum told him to be mindful and be back for one for lunch. Anita rang his mobile and a paramedic answered and said that he had been involved in an accident.”We used to go skiing as a family, because obviously I can’t go skiing by myself so Sam used to come out and guide me. I will miss him dearly.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The 14-year-old son of a former army corporal who competed in last year’s Invictus Games killed himself after being bullied on a school ski trip for being too clever, an inquest has heard. Sam Abel, 14, jumped from the roof of a supermarket on January 8 and was pronounced dead in hospital.Worcestershire Coroners’ Court heard how the intelligent pupil at Tudor Grange Academy School had been relentlessly bullied in the lead up to his death.The coroner was told how cruel schoolmates taunted him on a school skiing trip and also punctured the tyres on his bicycle.His heartbroken parents said they were not sure why he was bullied – but that it could have been because he was successful at school. Dad Mark Abel, 50, who served in the British Army for 14 years, lost his sight five years ago after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and competed in last years Invictus Games as a swimmer. He said: “It could have been because he was successful at school.”Sometimes other pupils are jealous and this can breed bullying.”But we’ll never be entirely sure because he only really spoke to his friends about it. but I know pranks were pulled on him that were particularly cruel. Sam’s mum, Anita, 47, said after the hearing: “Our beautiful boy has gone. Our lives are never going to be the same again. We were such a close family, he was even his dad’s private skiing partner. On a school skiing trip he was bullied so much. He was looking forward to that trip so much.center_img Flags of some of the participating nations are displayed during the opening ceremony for the Invictus GamesCredit:AP Photo/John Raoux “He was meant to be going to see his dad get a gold medal this year. He did so many things, like abseiling and zip-wiring. He went into high-school and was bullied again. He kept telling us he was fine.”From the age of 13 he was product reviewing for companies like Amazon. We found out he was very clever and he was often busy studying. He wanted to be the next Alan Sugar.”He was just amazing, he could make movies and all sorts. Our lives are just never ever going to be the same again.”We are just one of the most unluckiest families. My husband is registered as blind and on the day of Sam’s funeral I was diagnosed with an illness. Luckily, he didn’t know I was ill before he died. He’s in a happy place now. We miss him so much and our lives will never be the same again.”PC Christopher McManus, of West Mercia Police, said officers spoke to Mrs Abel after he son’s death and she told them her son had been bullied.PC McManus said: “He had a number of friends, but no real best friends. Clearly he had suicidal thoughts for some time. Our beautiful boy has gone. Our lives are never going to be the same againSam’s mother Flags of some of the participating nations are displayed during the opening ceremony for the Invictus Gameslast_img

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