The heartbroken parents of a nine-year-old Birmingham schoolboy who is believed to have hanged himself claimed he had been threatened with a plastic knife by school bullies.
Aaron Dugmore was discovered unconscious in his bedroom in his home on Tyburn Road, Erdington, on February 11.
He died at Birmingham Children's Hospital the following day.
In an interview with a national newspaper mum Kelly-Marie Dugmore said Aaron, who was a pupil at Erdington Hall Primary School, had been the victim of bullies.
She said she had spoken to Erdington Hall head teacher Martin Collin on a number of occasions about her concerns.
Kelly-Marie, aged 30, said: "He was even threatened with a plastic knife by one boy.
When Aaron stuck up for himself he said it'd be a real one next time."
Detective Inspector David Wallbank, of West Midlands Police, confirmed last week that the force was continuing to investigate allegations that Aaron was being bullied in the run-up to his death.
The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board is investigating the death.
An inquest into Aaron's death was opened and adjourned at Birmingham Coroner's Court last Thursday.