'Bullied' Simon Brooks' inquest opens at Aberdare

Simon and Julie Brooks Simon Brooks was being bullied, his mother has claimed

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An inquest has opened into the death of a teenager after what his family has claimed was years of bullying.

Simon Brooks, 15, of Tonyrefail, Rhondda Cynon Taf, died four days after a suspected overdose, having left a message alleging he was bullied.

Opening the hearing at Aberdare, Powys Coroner Andrew Barkley said it was believed Simon took medication and other substances.

The inquest was adjourned until 9 July.

South Wales Police have said officers were called to the Brooks' home on Friday 28 March, where a boy needed "urgent medical assistance".

Simon was taken to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital at Llantrisant and died at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff on 1 April.

The teenager was a pupil at Y Pant comprehensive school in Pontyclun, and before that he attended Treorchy comprehensive.

His mother Julie Brooks has said her son left a goodbye message on his phone saying he had been bullied.

Simon had suffered bullying at both his current school and former school, she said.

Both schools have strong anti-bullying policies, but neither of them, nor RCT council have responded to specific allegations of bullying in Simon's case.

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