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'It's ripped my heart out': parents who lost son to bullying speak out

Matthew Jones took his own life at the age of 17. Credit: ITV News

The parents of a teenager who took his own life after years of bullying are warning parents to watch for the warning signs their child is being pushed too far.

Matthew Jones was just 17 when he died, bullied for years by a gang despite moving schools several times.

His parents believe society does not take bullying seriously enough. They have spoken to our reporter Rob Smith, in an attempt to prevent another child from becoming a victim.

Resources for anyone who is being bullied, or is concerned about their child:

Bullying UK Information on all types of bullying including school, workplace and via text messages. Parent Helpline: 0808 800 222 (Lines open 7am – Midnight)

ChildLine Support and counselling for anyone up to the age of 18 on any issue. Helpline: 0800 11 11 (lines open 24 hours)

Kidscape Resources and advice for parents and young people about bullying.

Gloucestershire student's campaign to beat the bullies

They're known as trolls, but this is no fairy tale. A new breed of bully has taken to the internet, and stays hidden from their victims - not under bridges, but in anonymous social media.

Up to seventy percent of young people* say they've been the victim of internet bullies.

In our latest update from Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - a Gloucestershire student, himself a victim, is asking schools to devote a week each year to stamping it out.


Inquest into death of Izzy Dix

An inquest begins in Torquay later today into the death of a school girl from Brixham.

14 year old Izzy Dix was found hanged at her home in September. It's thought she took her own life after being bullied at school and online.

Her death led to calls for the website she used to be shut down.

14 year old Izzy Dix was found hanged at her home in September Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

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Police help for bullying in schools

Devon and Cornwall Police have launched a new initiative to help schools with diversity and bullying. The scheme, Local Heroes, involves videos made by young victims of hate crime and discrimination. The films will be available online as part of the education package

Students from across the South West will work with Local Heroes at roadshows to talk about issues of race, gender, sexuality, and disability. Among those giving support to the scheme are Jon and Mat Price - victims of bullying and founders of the Totnes-based Proud2Be.

Police hat Credit: ITV News West Country