Dad of ‘bullied’ boy who died at school has emotional message for suicidal teens

The grief-stricken dad of a boy who died after an incident at school has tearfully urged teens contemplating suicide to seek help.

Bradley John, 14, appeared to be "happy" and "healthy" when he was dropped off on Wednesday morning.

But his family – who say he had been bullied – were given the devastating news just hours later.

Fighting through tears, Bradley’s heartbroken dad, Byron, said: "If you are the victim, look at the big picture. Don’t go for the quick reaction, please."


In an emotional interview with the BBC, he added: "Talk to your parents, talk to a friend, but share it. Please share it."

Mr John, from Ammanford, South Wales, said his son was "so loved", adding: "If he could have seen that, we could have prevented this, I’m sure."

He said his son appeared to be "happy" and "healthy" when he dropped him off at St John Lloyd Catholic Comprehensive School in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.

But within hours he was found unconscious in the school playground and rushed to hospital, where he died.

His death came just days into the new school year.

The school was closed after the incident and parents were asked to pick up their children. It reopened on Thursday, with support being offered to students and staff.

Dyfed Powys Police is investigating Bradley’s death, but has said it is not being treated as suspicious.

Mirror Online has contacted Carmarthenshire Council, which co-runs the school, for comment.

Bradley’s dad said in an earlier statement: “We as a family are devastated to lose Bradley. He was such a charismatic, wonderful and dearly loved individual.

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“He was an accomplished horse rider and founding member of the Three Counties Bloodhounds, who hunt the scent of a human runner.

“Bradley was the absolute centre of our world.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this horrific time. It has meant so much to the whole family.”

Glynog Davies, Executive Board Member for Education and Children’s Services, had said earlier: “We wish to extend our most sincere sympathies to family, friends and all at St John Lloyd School at this deeply upsetting and difficult time.

"We are supporting the school in all ways possible and are ensuring that counsellors and other professionals are on hand to support pupils and staff.”

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