A 15-year-old girl was driven to suicide by school bullies, according to reports.
Sinead Taylor from Kidbrooke in southeast London was reportedly the subject of bullying from classmates because of her tomboyish appearance. The ordeal began in primary school and continued all the way to high school.
According to the Mail Online, two months before her death Sinead, who wanted to be a dancer, posted a nine-minute video detailing her bullying experiences.
"There was some boy who didn't like me because I used to hang around with the boys. He always used to put me down," she said in the film.
"I can't even remember what he said, but he just made me feel so awful that I just wanted to go home and cry - and back then I never used to cry. People used to call me a lesbian or bisexual and they would accuse me of looking at them while they were getting changed, like they wouldn't want to get changed in front of me."
Sinead started self-harming and said that for a while she cut herself every night before she went to bed before deciding that it was not the answer.
"Self-harming doesn't help, it just makes it worse, committing suicide makes it worse, doing anything to harm yourself is worse," she said.
"You have just got to stand up to them and be like, 'Look, this is who I am, take me for who I am or not at all.' You really don't need pathetic girls in your life. They're not worth it," she added.
Taylor was found dead at her home. Police said her death was not being treated as suspicious.
Nicola Caulfield, 40, the mother of one of Taylor's friends, said: "There would have been a lot of jealousy as Sinead was very talented. Bullying isn't left in the playground now, like it was in my day. Now there is Instagram, Twitter, all this social networking. It's about time the authorities started to prosecute the bullies."
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