Hannah Smith: 'No evidence' teen was bullied online

A police investigation found no evidence that 14-year-old Hannah Smith was the victim of online bullying, a detective told an inquest at Leicester Town Hall today.

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Hannah's school 'not aware' of bullying claims

Hannah Smith's headteacher told the inquest today that the school was not aware of claims the teenager was being bullied, ITV Central's Rajiv Popat reports.

Father: Hannah's behaviour changed after 'attack'

Hannah's father David (centre) carrying the coffin following her funeral last year. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Hannah Smith's father earlier told an inquest the teenager was bullied before her death - including one incident when "had her head smashed against a wall" at a party.

At the hearing at Leicester Town Hall, her father David Smith said his daughter had been bullied for some time and that he believed her eczema had been the reason she was targeted, adding that she would try to avoid getting changed in front of classmates.

Mr Smith said that, after the attack, "her behaviour seemed to change" from that of a "bubbly, happy" person to a more introverted young girl.


Teen 'likely to have posted bullying messages herself'

Police have told an inquest into 14-year-old Hannah Smith's death that the teenager may have posted abusive online messages to herself before she was found hanged in her bedroom.

Hannah's parents say the teenager was regularly bullied on website Ask.fm before she took her own life in August last year.

But Detective Sergeant Wayne Simmons, of Leicestershire Police, said that on the "balance of probabilities" the "vile" messages about Hannah on the social media site were posted by the teenager herself in the run-up to her death.

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