A heartbroken mother has spoken out after her 15 year old son hanged himself after being bullied at school. Brandon Singh Rayat died in August but his mother has spoken out this week at the start of National Anti-Bullying Week.
Mina Rayat of Humberstone, said her son was “let down” by education and health services.
She said: “Brandon was a perfectly normal, happy teenager going about his life. But in April last year all that changed and he became completely withdrawn and refused to go to school”.
She said Brandon’s own friends had turned on him and started calling him names like ‘paedo’. They even set up a fake Facebook page and attacked him with disgusting taunts.
Mina contacted the school, Judgemeadow Community College, who set up a meeting with an attendance officer.
However Brandon’s behaviour continued to become erratic and anxious. He even made several attempts to kill himself.
Brandon was seen by specialists in the psychiatric department at Leicester Royal Infirmary. His parents were told he was going through “acute stress reaction in the context of bullying”.
Mina said “He cut himself with knifes and tried to overdose on tablets. I begged doctors to hospitalise him. I told them he wanted to kill himself”.
She added: “Although Brandon recieved help, he was never detained. Instead we were told to checkup on him every 15 minutes”.
Brandon returned to school after the summer break, after which he got into a fight, and things spiralled out of control.
Mina said Brandon would refuse to leave the house, afraid he would see someone from school.
The heartbroken mother explains how the teenager was giving away his personal belongings two months before the tragedy.
She insists the authorities should have taken the matter more seriously: “He deserved better treatment. I wouldn’t want any other parent to go through what I’ve been through”.
An inquest into Brandon’s death will begin in January.
For further information on the issues surrounding bullying you can contact:
Childline on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk
Samaritans on 116 112 or visit www.samaritans.org