A schoolgirl who was called a ‘fat b***h’ and told to lose weight by online bullies died two hours after overdosing on tablets, an inquest heard today.
Shannon Gee, 16, walked downstairs and told her father she had ‘done something silly’ before showing him a bundle of empty pill packets which she had hidden in her bedroom cupboard.
The teenager, from Camborne, Cornwall, collapsed shortly afterwards and was rushed to hospital but died from the incident in September 2012.
During the first day of an inquest into her death, the hearing heard how Shannon had been mercilessly bullied at school which led to a poor attendance record and meant she rarely left her bedroom.
But, despite hiding away, the aspiring actress was also targeted on Twitter and Facebook – battles which she fought ‘from the safety of her own room’, the inquest was told.
Her mother Christine Gee said the problems had started when Shannon was diagnosed with dyslexia and the school ‘shined a spotlight on her’.
She said: ‘The school was very quick to recognise that she displayed some of the common symptoms. But they ultimately succeeded in shining a spotlight on her.
‘The other schoolchildren clearly gave their opinions and suggested that she was thick and that she was only getting help because she was the teachers’ pet.’