Teen took his own life

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - STU­ART GREER

ATROUBLED teenager killed him­self after strug­gling to cope with a ‘con­stel­la­tion’ of prob­lems.

Tom Dyos-Ac­ton, 16, was found hang­ing at his home in Poyn­ton, Cheshire, on Oc­to­ber 31 2013 and died in hos­pi­tal on Novem­ber 2.

An in­quest at War­ring­ton coro­ner’s court heard Tom suf­fered years of bul­ly­ing, in­tim­i­da­tion and as­saults, which had left him a vir­tual pris­oner in his own home.

Pre­vi­ously, his mother had con­fessed she had re­sorted to buy­ing cannabis for Tom, who had ADHD, to help the teenager’s re­cur­ring in­som­nia.

Tom was also ac­cused of be­ing a rapist as part of a vi­cious hate cam­paign by bul­lies who spread the lie around his school, home town and on so­cial me­dia sites.

In the days be­fore his death, Tom was wor­ried about giv­ing ev­i­dence in the trial of a teenager ac­cused of as­sault­ing him, it was heard.

But Alan Moore, as­sis­tant coro­ner for Cheshire, said th­ese prob­lems com­bined with Tom’s be­havioural is­sues, drug use and men­tal health prob­lems meant no one would ever know what pushed him over the edge.

Record­ing the ver­dict that Tom took his own life, Mr Moore said: “Clearly Tom was a very trou­bled young man with a great deal on his mind.

“I have tried to high­light a con­stel­la­tion of fac­tors that may have been play­ing on his mind. “It was a long list. “We will never know which one or which com­bi­na­tion could have been play­ing on Tom’s mind.”

At the in­quest, Tom’s mother Gaynor claimed that her son started buy­ing drugs such as MDMA, am­phet­a­mine and co­caine from the age of 12 from deal­ers at his Poyn­ton High.

She said Tom was bul­lied when he re­fused to buy them and in 2011 she took him out of school to get him away from the deal­ers.

Dur­ing his ab­sence, shock­ing lies about Tom started to cir­cu­late in the com­mu­nity, she claimed.

It was then she had bought cannabis for him.

The in­quest heard that Tom had sig­nif­i­cant be­havioural prob­lems and had been sus­pended from class for threat­en­ing his mum with a knife.

The school’s for­mer head­teacher Susan Adam­son told the in­quest the school had worked ‘in­cred­i­bly hard’ to help Tom and fully in­ves­ti­gated al­le­ga­tions of drug deal­ing.

But Mrs Dyos-Ac­ton ac­cused the school of not do­ing enough.


●● Tom Dyos-Ac­ton with mum Gaynor

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