'Bullied' Simon Brooks' inquest opens at Aberdare
- 9 April 2014
- From the section Wales
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.