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Nine-year-old boy hangs himself after alleged bullying

2013-02-15 22:29:21

Aaron Dugmore

A nine-year-old boy who died a day after being found hanging in his Birmingham home was being bullied at school, a family friend has claimed.

Tragic Aaron Dugmore was discovered at his home on Tyburn Road, Erdington, on Monday evening.

The Erdington Hall Primary pupil was rushed to Birmingham Children's Hospital after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest. He died at the hospital the following day.

Devastated friends and relatives have posted dozens of tributes online in memory of Aaron, who had two younger sisters.

His heartbroken mother Kelly, 22, has also uploaded a poignant picture of her son to Facebook, showing him meeting Santa.

Police and the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board are investigating the death. They have said it is "too early to speculate" on claims Aaron was being bullied at the school, the subject of a damning Ofsted inspection last year.

But one family friend and fellow parent said: "There were problems at the school with bullying.

"Kelly had various problems, and would go into the school. Aaron didn't want to go to school sometimes.

"My own child was bullied when they started school, and I had to have a word with the teachers and it was sorted out. It does seems to be an ongoing problem, to be honest."

Aaron Dugmore

She added: "Aaron was a lovely little lad. He was polite and well-mannered, he was just wonderful."

Relative Lisa Dugmore paid tribute to Aaron on Facebook and said: "I just wish we had the chance to tell him how much he means to our family. RIP spud."

And Laura Moss wrote: "RIP little cousin, taken too soon."

Police officers and paramedics were called to the Tyburn Road address shortly before 6pm on Monday, where Aaron was found collapsed.

West Midlands Police said the death had been referred to the Birmingham Coroner.

Erdington Hall was ordered to improve after being judged "inadequate" - the lowest rating - in an Ofsted inspection in February last year.

The school has since become an academy and is sponsored by Ninestiles School in Acocks Green.

It was subject to a further Ofsted inspection earlier this month and was found to be "going in the right direction."

A spokesman for the Ryland Road school said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Aaron's family at this difficult time.

"Although Aaron had only been at the school a short time, he had settled quickly into Year 5 and begun to work well in his small tutor group. The school are working closely with the local authority to offer support to pupils and staff."

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