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Teen bullied to death: More questions raised as another family is torn apart by bullies

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TRAGIC: Brandon Singh Rayat, pictured here in a tribute by his mother, Mina, was found hanged after suffering abuse at the hands of bullies

TRAGIC: Brandon Singh Rayat, pictured here in a tribute by his mother, Mina, was found hanged after suffering abuse at the hands of bullies

The heartbroken mother of a teenage boy from Leicester, who killed himself after an onslaught of relentless bullying, says her son was let down by the system.

Brandon Singh Rayat was found handed in his bedroom in August after suffering 16 months of physical and psychological abuse.

Speaking ahead of anti-bullying week, his mother, Mina, 44, said her family’s lives had been ‘ruined’.

“Those boys who were his friends once have killed him,” she said. “They have taken his life away and they have ruined our lives.

“There is a hole left in our hearts and there was no need for it.

“He had been at that school since he was 12 and never had a problem, then in April last year one day he came home and just broke down.

“One of his really good friends turned to him in class and said: 'I know where you live, I'm going to come round and rape your mum'.

“It got worse and worse over the next few months. He tried going back to school after the summer break, but they even bullied him on his birthday on 15th September.

“He came back that day and said: 'I'll kill them'.”

After being taken out of Judgemeadow Community College in Evington, Leicester, in November last year, Brandon attempted suicide on more than one occasion.

Despite calls for help from his parents, medical professionals refused to section him because they reportedly said he would feel ‘unloved’.

Mina said: “We feel totally let down, by both the school and by the doctors.” Adding: “I want other people to know that bullying needs to be taken seriously, as does young people’s mental health.”

A full inquest into Brandon’s death is due to take place until January next year.

Following his death, James McKenna, principal of Judgemeadow Community College, said the school ‘does not tolerate bullying in any form’ and would comment further after the coroner’s inquest.

“The whole school was extremely saddened by Brandon’s death, and our thoughts remain with his family,” he said.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, which runs mental health services, also said it would wait until the inquest concluded before releasing a full statement.

“We were deeply saddened by the tragic death of Brandon Rayat, and extend our sincere sympathies to the family once again,” the spokesman added.

“We met with the family immediately after Brandon’s death, and their comments are reflected in the robust serious incident investigation which we have carried out.

“We remain committed to offering appropriate support to the family at this difficult time.”

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‘Bullies need kicking out of school’

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FRIEND: Yusuf Jahangir says the death of his friend, Asad Khan (pictured), has forced schools to do more in the fight against bullying

FRIEND: Yusuf Jahangir says the death of his friend, Asad Khan (pictured), has forced schools to do more in the fight against bullying

Friend of Asad Khan calls for more support for children

Stricter punishments are needed in order to tackle bullying throughout Bradford’s schools, a close former friend of Asad Khan told the Asian Express newspaper.

Nine-year-old Yusuf Jahangir, who has also suffered torment at the hands of bullies in the past, spoke about the tragic death of his friend and the reaction he has seen in the city.

Asad was found in an unresponsive state by paramedics at his house on Tile Street, Bradford, on Wednesday 28th September.

One month on, his family and friends are still coming to terms with the news.

“After hearing about Asad's death, it came as a shock to me and my friends,” Yusuf said. “My teachers have been feeling very sad since his death.”

Yusuf says he was told about Asad’s death by a teacher at school, who explained that the young Year 7 student had committed suicide the day before.

He adds that his school has now taken a more proactive approach to tackling such issues.

“School has changed a lot since that day,” he said. “We have had a lot more talks about bullying.”

Over the past few years, Yusuf has also been a victim of bullying on both a mental and physical level.

He did speak to his parents about the issues and thankfully the incidents stopped after his mother spoke with the parents of the children who had been bullying him.

However, as in Asad’s case, children do not always step forward to openly admit being bullied and to what extent that is affecting their life.

When asked how schools could tackle bullies in an effective manner, Yusuf said: “I think bullies should get bigger punishments or be kicked out of school.

“I think it’s a problem in schools because if you get bullied you might not want to go to school.”

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