Mother urges us to stand up to cyber bullying after son's suicide

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A mother from Worcester whose teenage son took his own life after being bullied on social media has urged parents, teachers and children to do all they can to stand up to online abuse.

In an open letter, Lucy Alexander said her son Felix Alexander, who was 17, was subjected to "cruel and overwhelming" taunts before his death in April.

An inquest heard the "kind and caring" sixth form student with a bright future had moved to Pershore High School after experiencing difficulties at a previous school.

In her letter, published in the Worcester News, Ms Alexander said of her son:

Urging people not to dismiss online abuse as banter, Lucy Alexander added that children needed to understand that actions have consequences and "that people are wounded, sometimes fatally by these so called 'keyboard warriors'."

Felix's family are fundraising for the Place2Be charity, which offers counselling to young people.