School­girl over­dosed af­ter al­leged gin­ger hair bul­ly­ing

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A LLANELLI school­girl nearly died af­ter tak­ing an over­dose be­cause she was al­legedly be­ing bul­lied over her gin­ger hair, her mum has said.

She said the whole fam­ily had been left “dev­as­tated” by what had hap­pened to her 12-year-old daugh­ter.

At one point she said her daugh­ter had hacked off most of her hair with a pair of scis­sors.

But the big­gest shock was when she came home to find her daugh­ter turn­ing grey and un­re­spon­sive on the floor.

“It’s been a very hard time,” she said.

“It more or less started on day one when she was walk­ing home. Girls were calling her names and there was one in­ci­dent where they even hit her with a stick,” claimed the mum, who does not want her­self or her daugh­ter named in this ar­ti­cle.

“The bul­ly­ing was mainly hap­pen­ing in the hall­ways where they would be spit­ting, push­ing her and pulling her hair. She would come back with spit all over her and they would call her fat.

“We are cur­rently wait­ing for con­fir­ma­tion of a di­ag­no­sis of Asperger’s and be­cause of this she likes to keep her­self to her­self as she doesn’t like the crowded hall­ways.”

She said her daugh­ter had pleaded with her not to send her to school.

“One day last year she was cry­ing, say­ing ‘please don’t make me go’ but she had to go.

“She didn’t go school that day, into she walked into town and bought scis­sors out of her school money and hacked her hair off.

“Her hair was down to her bot­tom and peo­ple used to tell her that she looked like the Brave princess.

“It was cut above her shoul­ders and ears.”

Then, ear­lier this year, the fam­ily had just been on hol­i­day and the daugh­ter had re­turned “feel­ing pos­i­tive”.

The fam­ily paid a visit to an­other fam­ily mem­ber’s house when the daugh­ter asked if she could walk home in­stead of trav­el­ling in the car with the rest of her fam­ily.

But af­ter be­ing held up for longer than ex­pected, the mum re­turned home to find her daugh­ter un­re­spon­sive on the floor.

Her mum added: “She asked to walk home for fresh air.

“I came home and found her on the floor, grey, and she was un­re­spon­sive. I couldn’t wake her up.”

She said it was found that her daugh­ter had over­dosed.

“She was in hos­pi­tal for five days.

“She had an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion to the drugs they gave to her to stop her liver fail­ing and she now suf­fers with anaemia be­cause the over­dose af­fected her liver.”

Her mum ex­plained that af­ter the event her daugh­ter had told her: “I didn’t want you to find me”, mean­ing that the fam­ily now no longer leave her on her own.

“We al­ways check her bed­room for things she can harm her­self with,” her mum said.

“She has se­vere anx­i­ety at­tacks and doesn’t sleep. It’s com­pletely taken over her life.

“Find­ing her like that on the floor is the most hor­rific thing I’ve ever been through.

“All the fam­ily are liv­ing on their nerves, we’re all dev­as­tated. My fam­ily hasn’t been the same.

“She’s not the same child she used to be.”

As a re­sult, her daugh­ter has not been at school or re­ceived any ed­u­ca­tion for a num­ber of months, mean­ing she is “re­ally suf­fer­ing” at home, ac­cord­ing to her mum.

“She’s so de­pressed at home and she’s such an in­tel­li­gent girl, when she’s not in school she’s re­ally suf­fer­ing.

“Last year she was a lovely, bub­bly child but she’s missed so much school now her grades have fallen and her con­fi­dence is low.

“There needs some­thing done.

“They need to stop ig­nor­ing bul­ly­ing,” claimed the mum.

The daugh­ter is a pupil at Coed­cae Com­pre­hen­sive School in Llanelli

Re­spond­ing to these claims, the head teacher at Coed­cae, Tracy Sen­chal, said: “We take a very firm stance on any al­le­ga­tions of bul­ly­ing that are raised with us. We would urge the par­ent to get in touch with the school so that we can con­tinue to sup­port the fam­ily in the best in­ter­ests of the pupil con­cerned.” to be

Coed­cae Com­pre­hen­sive School in Llanelli

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