'Bullied' Simon Brooks' inquest opens at Aberdare

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

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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