Schoolboy, 13, found dead after moving schools 'because of severe bullying'

Schoolboy, 13, found dead after moving schools 'because of severe bullying'

January 31, 2022

THE mum of a schoolboy who took his own life after a fellow pupil threatened to have him stabbed has called for an investigation a teen from the same school died last week – the third pupil to do so in a year.

Arin Lyth, 13, was discovered in the early hours of Thursday morning in the High Grange area of Billingham, Teeside.

He was found dead near his home after moving schools because of 'severe bullying' and was a pupil of Northfield School, where Harry Gray, 15, and Elton Harland, 13, also attended before they died.

Fellow pupil Harry took his own life last April and was found by mum Dannii Hollis, who says that Arin's death is part of a "disgusting pattern" and that the school have "questions to answer".

Elton, who was a friend of Harry’s, died at home in Lancashire where he had moved with his family just two days after Harry's death.



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Miss Hollis, 33, told the Daily Mail: It is very upsetting to hear of the death of another young pupil at that school."

She has called for Oftsed to launch an enquiry into bullying at the school after discovering the boy who threatened her son had been let off by the head master.

She added: "Some serious questions need to be asked about that school, there was an arrogance and lack of caring after Harry died that I found unbelievable.

"It is a disgusting pattern, surely Ofsted should be looking at the school after the death of three pupils in a year."

Local mum Karen Brown also said: "I think the school needs looking at. It is one too many, three is just unforgivable.

"I think their school is far too big, how can the teachers get to know so many kids, I think far too many are going under the radar."

The deaths of Harry Gray and Elton Harland were not suspicious according to police, with the coroner recording Harry's death as suicide.

An inquest is still to be held to decide on the cause of Elton's death.

Ofsted have confirmed they will review the information held on the school's anti-bullying procedures.

A spokesperson said: "We will review the evidence we hold on this school. Where it is appropriate, Ofsted can conduct an emergency inspection of any school."

The friends and family of Arin changed their profile pictures this week to anti-bullying messages and have created YouTube videos in memory of him and to raise awareness of bullying.

Well-wishers are now raising money to help his devastated family move home after it was revealed he died "metres" away from the property.

A GoFundMe page set up in memory of Arin to help his mum and two brothers find alternative accommodation has raised over £2,000 in less than 24 hours.
Marc Yafano, who set up the page, said: "I am sure in the coming weeks and months an accurate account will be published as to why things happened as they did but in the mean time I have set this page up for a number of reasons" adding it is to "try and help Arin's family financially at what is a most horrific, devastating time in their lives."

He added: "Arin's mother obviously cannot work during this dreadful time and being a single parent this is their only source of income.

"I know we live in a community we're money is tight but I am asking if you can donate anything this would take a financial worry of a mother and family who are already in a world of pain.
"Also donations will be used to help move the family from the current address.
"I could not think of anything more devastating for a family.
"Please help no matter how little it is and if you can't I totally understand.

"RIP Arin xxx"

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