Fa­ther of boy, 14, who died claims son was bul­lied

Western Mail - - NEWS - ANNA LEWIS Re­porter anna.lewis@waleson­line.co.uk

THE fa­ther of a pupil who died in hos­pi­tal af­ter an in­ci­dent at St John Lloyd Catholic School in Llanelli has al­leged his son was bul­lied at school.

Bradley John, 14, died in hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing taken there fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at the school on Wed­nes­day.

By­ron John, Bradley’s fa­ther, paid trib­ute to his son this week, de­scrib­ing him as a “charis­matic, won­der­ful and dearly loved in­di­vid­ual”.

And in an in­ter­view with BBC Wales To­day yes­ter­day, Mr John – whose son had At­ten­tion Deficit Hyper­ac­tive Dis­or­der (ADHD) – said Bradley had been bul­lied.

When asked if Bradley men­tioned prob­lems to him or talked about be­ing bul­lied, Mr John said: “Yes. There were a num­ber of in­ci­dents that we ad­dressed with the school.

“We’d come in for meet­ings and, look­ing back, I do feel that more em­pha­sis and un­der­stand­ing should be given to the con­di­tion [ADHD].”

Asked if he thought Bradley’s ADHD made him a tar­get for bul­lies, Mr John said: “Def­i­nitely.”

“We dropped off an ap­par­ently happy, healthy 14-year-old on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. Some­thing upset him. With a child with ADHD it doesn’t take a lot, the lit­tle things mean a lot.

“Please, please, be sym­pa­thetic, you can hurt them so badly, so very eas­ily.

“He was so loved; if he could have seen that we could have pre­vented this.”

The BBC re­ported that Bradley was found in the toi­lets at his school be­fore he was taken to hos­pi­tal.

Mr John said: “What­ever we do from here we are never go­ing to see him, we are never go­ing to laugh with him, we are never go­ing to get mad at him, we are never go­ing to sup­port him, we are never go­ing to be his friend.”

Pay­ing trib­ute to Bradley, Mr John de­scribed the high school pupil as his “best friend”.

In an open let­ter is­sued to all pupils yes­ter­day, school head teacher Ash­ley How­ells de­scribed Bradley as a “po­lite, co­op­er­a­tive and ar­tic­u­late young man”.

Pupils and staff have since re­ceived spe­cial­ist sup­port from Dyfed-Powys Po­lice, while flow­ers which were placed out­side the school gates have since been moved to a me­mo­rial gar­den within the school grounds.

In his let­ter Mr How­ells said: “As you are aware from the joint press re­lease is­sued by the school and Dyfed-Powys Po­lice ear­lier this week, one of our Year 10 pupils, Bradley John, trag­i­cally died as a re­sult of an in­ci­dent that oc­curred within the school on Wed­nes­day.

“A joint po­lice and coro­ner’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. I want to re­as­sure fam­i­lies that there is no sus­pi­cion of a crim­i­nal act, no sus­pi­cion of foul play, no­body else was in­volved and, con­trary to some re­ports, no weapons or firearms were in­volved. Whilst tragic events such as this can­not be pre­pared for, I must pay trib­ute to how the pupils and staff have con­ducted them­selves over the last 48 hours.”

Since his death, friends of the school­boy have started a so­cial me­dia video cam­paign to re­mem­ber him. The #Blow­forBradley cam­paign re­mem­bers the Am­man­ford pupil, who was a keen par­tic­i­pant in so­called “clean-boot” hunts which see dogs fol­low­ing a hu­man scent.

Dyfed-Powys Po­lice said on Wed­nes­day the in­ci­dent was not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

> Bradley John, from Am­man­ford

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