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Teenage girl 'took her own life over text message'

Jessica attended the Cliff Park Ormiston Academy in Gorleston. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An inquest has heard how a teenage girl from Norfolk took her own life after fearing a text message had ended a friendship.

14-year-old Jessica Collins was found unresponsive on her bunk bed on 6 July.

She had taken an overdose of antidepressants in the room she shared with her younger sister.

Norfolk area coroner Yvonne Blake recorded a verdict of suicide. She said an incident involving a text message sent by Jessica appeared to have been the trigger.

Ms Blake said friends described having a conversation with Jessica the day before her death about a text message she allegedly sent around Christmas time.

The inquest heard that Jessica eventually admitted sending the text, but the contents of the alleged message were not disclosed.

"[Her friends] said she was apologetic for not telling them and was disappointed in herself.

"They spoke to her about not telling the truth again and she was worried the friendship would be over."

– Yvonne Blake, Norfolk area coroner

Ms Blake said Jessica had "felt she was fat and ugly despite all the evidence to the contrary".

"Youngsters nowadays seem to be incredibly pressured, especially by things like Facebook and telephone messages.

"On the evidence I've seen, Jessica had been thinking like this for a while and kept it very much to herself, not even telling her friends.

"Then she had the upset with the texting and that seems to have been the final straw.

"I do think she intended to take her own life. It's very sad she didn't feel she could talk to anyone. I expect she didn't want to worry people."

– Yvonne Blake, Norfolk area coroner

Jessica was a pupil at the Cliff Park Ormiston Academy in Gorleston.

Praise from teachers was read out at the inquest, including one who said she was "incredibly intelligent" and another who said she was "always smiling".

"We love and miss Jessica terribly. Everything has changed."

– Family of Jessica Collins