Mother shares the last words of the bullied son, 15, while he was in the hospital after taking an overdose
The mother of a tragic teenager who has taken his own life after ‘ruthless bullying’ has shared his painful last words.
Julie Steward, 53, from Tonyrefail, near Pontypridd, South Wales, told how Simon Brooks, who died on April 1, 2014, was in the hospital after taking a medicine cocktail when he asked her: “Mommy, I’m dying ? “
Later a suicide letter was found in their parental home, but Julie told how her son told her that he regretted his drastic actions and “wish he hadn’t done it.”
Julie said that Simon suffered from bullies during his childhood and is now campaigning with other UK parents to encourage the government to introduce new laws to ensure that complaints are never ignored to prevent similar tragedies.
Julie Steward, 53, from Tonyrefail, near Pontypridd, South Wales, shared the painful last words of her son with her
Simon Brooks, pictured, who died on April 1, 2014, was in the hospital after taking a medicine cocktail when he asked Julie, “Mommy, am I going to die?”
She added that six years later she still feels the pain she felt on the day Simon died, admitting that it “feels like it happened yesterday.”
“I was a zombie for the first 18 months – but I managed,” Julie said Wales Online.
‘I had a mental illness and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. But I have to make sure that Simon’s death is not in vain and that bullying is taken seriously. “
Julie described her son as a ‘beautiful’ and ‘flamboyant character’, who was also very articulated and sensitive.
She said he didn’t always understand social situations and admitted that he was more comfortable dealing with adults than with people his age, which he thought was an easy target.
Julie described her son as a ‘beautiful’ and ‘flamboyant character’, who was also very articulated and sensitive
Julie said six years since Simon’s death, she still feels the pain she felt on the day he died, admitting it “feels like it happened yesterday”
Although Simon had a group of close friends, Julie said that he was being bullied from elementary school, where classmates stole his bag and named him names.
By the time he went to high school, it escalated into physical violence.
“It was ruthless. He couldn’t escape, “she said. “He had a fight the day he took his own life. It was something insignificant, but I think it was built up inside and this was what knocked him over the edge. “
The proud mother said that Simon loved learning and preferred subjects such as design and technology.
Just before his death, Julie explained how they had agreed to let Simon go home because he was afraid of going to school in Pontyclun.
Julie said that Simon did not always understand social situations and admitted that he was more comfortable dealing with adults than with people his age, which she thought made him an easy target for bullies
“Every Sunday night he begged me not to send him to school,” Julie said earlier.
‘During the school holidays he counted the days and hours until he had to go back. He was so brave that he went every day to stand up for himself. “
On March 28, 2014, Simon left the school early and wrote a farewell letter in the notes on his cell phone that said, “I can’t take it anymore.”
Julie told how he had sent a friend a message and told her what he had done and said he “wanted to be with God.” She found out where he lived and called the police.
When Julie came home after she had gone out with friends, she saw the emergency services outside and ran into the house, where she was sitting at the dining table talking to her son with paramedics.
Simon, at the age of two, with Julie, on the far right, and friends Len and Pat Gordon, came to the point that he was afraid of going to school because of the bullying he received
Julie remembered how nobody initially thought it was serious because there was “no sense of urgency,” and they waited an hour for the ambulance to arrive.
“Nobody thought it was important because he was conscious and cooperated with the emergency services. Looking back, I wish I had dragged him to the bathroom and had him vomited, “she said.
Simon was taken to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital that evening and two days later to Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales, where he was admitted to intensive care.
Julie said that Simon was in his hospital bed when he told her what he had done stupidly and that he did not want to die.
On March 28, 2014, Simon left the school early and wrote a farewell letter in the notes on his cell phone that said, “I can’t take it anymore”
“He didn’t want to commit suicide,” she recalled. “He told me he was sorry and that he wished he hadn’t done it and that he had been stupid.”
At the time, Julie believed her son would be recovering, but when a nurse worried about his low hemoglobin levels, the room became full of doctors and “it all happened at once.”
Simon was transferred to the IC and brought into an induced coma, instructing Julie to make plans to say goodbye. He died two days later.
An investigation into his death concluded that the medical cause of death was multiple organ dysfunction caused by an overdose of various drugs.
Julie, who has two other children, said she feels that part of her has been torn away.
Next week, mother of three Julie, along with other families from the United Kingdom who have lost children to suicide or have suffered serious children as a result of alleged failure to tackle bullying, will travel to Westminster to meet with ministers and MPs. Pictured: Simon, on the right, with his brother Michael and sister Stephanie
Julie said that Simon was in his hospital bed when he told her what he had done stupidly and that he did not want to die
“Simon and I were incredibly close, we had a band I can’t describe and I will always feel the loss and pain associated with losing him,” she told Wales Online.
Next week, Julie, along with other families from the UK who have lost children to suicide or seriously injured children due to alleged failure to tackle bullying, will travel to Westminster to meet with ministers and MPs.
They will present a case to the government for making changes to laws and policies to ensure that complaints about bullying and violence can no longer be ignored.
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