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Parents release pictures of dying son to show impact of bullying

A picture of Dylan Stewart, 12, in his hospital bed after his parents found him hanged Photo: SWNS

The parents of a 12-year-old boy found hanged in his bedroom have released pictures of their son in hospital.

They say they want to show school bullies who tormented him - "Look what you did."

Dylan Stewart was found unconscious with a ligature wrapped around his neck on April 22 this year by his mother Amanda who dialled 999.

Emergency crews rushed to the family home in Telford, Shropshire, and took Dylan to Birmingham Children’s Hospital but he died eight days later on April 30.

Yesterday, his devastated parents claimed Dylan had been persistently picked-on at Lakeside Academy School in Shropshire after he started at there in January this year.

Dylan Stewart, 12, who died on April 30 Credit: SWNS

Amanda, 39, said he was bullied for originally being from Stoke-on-Trent, and because he was a new pupil.

But teachers at Lakeside Academy in Stirchley told the hearing there was no allegation he was being bullied.

An inquest heard he died just weeks after he was attacked at a bus stop by seven students from his school.

Now, in a message to the bullies who "made his life hell" Amanda has released images of Dylan unconscious in his hospital bed in the days after she found him hanged.

"If the photograph helps save one other child then we've achieved something. I don't want other parents to suffer like we have.

"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.

“Before he started school, he was outgoing, he was always on his bike but afterwards that changed and he became more withdrawn compared to what he used to be.

“He was a beautiful boy, he was so loving and we miss him every day."

– Amanda Stewart, Dylan's mother
Amanda Stewart, Dylan's mother Credit: SWNS

Shropshire Coroner John Ellery last week recorded a narrative verdict that he hanged himself, but whether or not he intended to kill himself was unclear.

"Lakeside Academy has an anti-bullying policy which includes generic sections for both staff and students.

“The section for students was put together by the students themselves.

“It is the nature of schools that bullying occurs from time to time but any incidents at Lakeside are dealt with very rapidly.

"The school is regularly praised by Ofsted for its standards of behaviour management.

“The academy has a system of peer supports and learning mentors to encourage and protect younger students.

“Any incidents that do occur are dealt with by senior members of staff, although the focus is on preventative measures based around mutual respect and students being responsible for their own actions."

– Russell Griffin, a spokesman for Telford & Wrekin Council