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Teenager Bradley Parkes 'driven to attempt suicide by bullies'

2015-04-24 22:02:57

Bradley-ParkesBradley Parkes, from Coventry, is in a coma at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

A teenager was fighting for his life in a Birmingham hospital today after his mother said months of bullying drove him to try to kill himself.

Bradley Parkes, 16, was in an induced coma after being found last night.

He had left a note.

His mum Tiffany said he had been tormented by a gang in Willenhall, Coventry.

She described how her son had been robbed at knifepoint several times and even slashed in the face.

After releasing the harrowing picture of her son in his hospital bed, Tiffany said today that she wanted to do “everything in my power to try and make my son safe”.

Bradley’s devastated relatives were at his bedside at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and said they had been warned by doctors to prepare for every eventuality.

Bradley-ParkesBradley Parkes.

Tiffany, 35, said: “He left a suicide note saying he was taking his own life as it was easier than what he was going through.

“He’s in an induced coma at the moment and they think he has swelling on the brain.

“The doctors have said the severity seems medium at the moment, but they’ve said I should prepare for anything from him not waking up to having possible brain damage.

“It all started in about August last year and Bradley has even been held at knifepoint.

“One time he was walking from one friend’s house to another and this gang robbed them.

“They even cut his face with a knife and told him not to tell people. He’s even had his hand broken.

“Every time they see him they just take everything off him. People know all about this gang and they are arrested for all sorts.

“I have gone to the police lots of times but it doesn’t do anything. And not many people do go to the police as they are scared. I’m running out of options.”

Tiffany said she had also been forced to break the bad news to Bradley’s 12-year-old sister, as well as other family members.

Bradley also has two brothers, aged eight and four, and a ten-month-old sister.

The sports-mad Ernesford Grange School pupil had just passed his first course ahead of going to college.

But Tiffany says the lives of youngsters like Bradley and others were seriously at risk due to gangs and bullies.

“He isn’t a lad who hangs around on the streets - he’s a good lad,” said Tiffany.

“This is happening to a lot of children in the area and I’ve had lots of mums messaging me - one has even had to move house because of it.

“They have smashed people’s windows, vandalised people’s homes and even set fire to someone using a deodorant can and a lighter. It left the person with burns on their stomach."

Friends and family also left messages of love for Bradley on his Facebook page .

Alyssa Crawley wrote: ‘Stay strong Bradley you can pull through it’, while Jae Williams said: ‘Keep fighting Brad been with u since the start of school i know you can do this’.

Daniel Dunn also wrote on Facebook: ‘Your a fighter bro, you can pull through this’.

Anyone in need of emotional support can call the Samaritans at any time on 08457 909 090. Details are also available at www.samaritans.org

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