‘I can’t cope any more’: Schoolboy left heartbreaking goodbye letter to his mother four days before he killed himself amid claims he was being bullied

A bullied schoolboy left a heartbreaking goodbye letter to his mother telling her: ‘I can’t cope any more’ just before he died of a suspected overdose.

Simon Brooks, 15, died in hospital four days after writing the note, which also blamed bullies for making his life a misery.

His bereft mother Julie Brooks, 48, today said Simon had been picked on for 18 months and dreaded going to school in Pontyclun, South Wales.

 
Heartbroken: Simon's mother Julie has paid tribute to her son and says he was mercilessly bullied at school

 Simon Brooks admitted 'I can't cope any more'The teenager collapsed after a suspected overdose
 Tragedy: Schoolboy Simon Brooks admitted ‘I can’t cope any more’ in the days before his death 
 

She said: ‘He wrote a goodbye letter in the notes of his mobile phone and it said: “I can’t cope any more”.

‘He was being pushed about, having his bag grabbed and subjected to verbal abuse.

‘He loved the lessons and had a lovely group of friends, but he wasn’t being left alone at break times and lunchtimes.’

Simon was found collapsed eight days ago at his family home in the village of Tonyrefail, near Pontypridd, South Wales.

Police are investigating the family’s claims that Simon was being bullied at Y Pant Comprehensive School.

His mother said: ‘He told the ambulance man who had took him to hospital: “I’m being bullied”.

‘Every Sunday night he would beg me not to send him to school.

‘During the school holidays he would count the days and hours until he had to go back.

‘He was so brave he used to go every day and try to stick up for himself.

‘In the goodbye note he wrote for me he didn’t name a name or blame anyone.

‘If he was here he wouldn’t want blood and revenge – he’s just want peace.’

 
Much-loved: Mrs Brooks said her son would beg not to go to school after bullying in the playground
Much-loved: Mrs Brooks said her son would beg not to go to school after bullying in the playground

 

Organic food supplier Mrs Brooks said Simon had ‘clearly planned’ his apparent suicide.

The mother-of-five was at his bedside at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where he died on Tuesday four days after taking tablets.

Hard time: Simon had left his last school after being picked on and had tried to start again only to be targeted by bullies in his new school
Hard time: Simon had left his last school after being picked on and had tried to start again only to be targeted by bullies in hisnew school

 

She said: ‘It was the worst four days of my life watching my darling child suffer and die.

‘You can’t imagine the searing pain of losing a child unless you have lost one.

‘Simon was a sunshine child. He was so delightful, deep, sensitive and analytical.

‘A part of me is gone forever and my life will never ever be the same without him in it.

‘The love we shared will help warm the dark days ahead for us without him.’

Mrs Brooks said Simon had been bullied at his previous school in Treorchy, South Wales, where he was allegedly assaulted on a train on the way to school.

However Simon did not want to press charges.

His mother said Simon had been punished for taking wine into school nine months ago to ‘numb the pain of the bullies’.

She said Simon didn’t want to complain to the school authorities because he felt it

would only make things worse.

Mrs Brooks and husband David wants lessons to be learned from Simon’s death and has met with the school’s headteacher Mark Powell since her son died.

She said Mr Powell and his staff had been ‘trying very hard’ but schools were under pressure from government and were ‘under the microscope’.

Pupils staged a demonstration at the school in support of Simon and his family on Thursday afternoon – chanting his name in the playground. 

Police were told of the protest but a spokesman said it was dealt with by the school.

A spokeswoman for Rhondda Cynon Taff Council said: ‘Pupils wore purple on Wednesday as a mark of respect for Simon.

‘Counsellors and educational psychologists have been at the school advising pupils, and parents were also being given support and grief guidance.’

Headteacher Mr Powell said: ‘We are all shocked and saddened by the death of Simon Brooks and our thoughts and sincere condolences are with his family and friends at this tragic time.

‘We at the school and its wider community are struggling to come to terms with his sudden death and our main focuses at this time are to respect the wishes of his family and to support those pupils who have been affected.’

The school’s website says: ‘We take every allegation of bullying very seriously at Y Pant and have a zero tolerance approach where we find bullying has occurred.’

A South Wales Police spokesman said: ‘We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident which at this stage is not thought to be suspicious.’

Simon’s death has been reported to the coroner and an inquest will be held

Woman kidnapped near Port Authority Bus Terminal rescued in Utah

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Police in Utah rescued a 23-year-old woman taken against her will from Manhattan to Salt Lake City after she was reportedly forced into prostitution by her kidnappers.

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the woman was abducted near the Port Authority Bus Terminal during the Super Bowl after Jean Joseph, 26, allegedly struck her repeatedly and knocked her out.

“She’s been held in captivity this whole time and isn’t quite sure how much time has gone by,” Sgt. Robin Heiden of the St. Lake City Police Department told television station Fox 13. “At some point, she was knocked unconscious and woke up in a different state.”

Joseph and Tara L. Pinnock, 24, were arrested on Monday in connection to the woman’s kidnapping as well as for suspicion of rape, human trafficking and aggravated assault. The AP said neither has been formally charged and are being held ahead of a court date.

Officers reported that the woman said her abductors took her from New York to Chicago to Denver before she was able to use a cell phone to call 911 in Salt Lake City. The woman was forced into prostitution along the way, she said.

Local police told Fox 13 that they were working with the FBI to see if there were any links between the suspects and the victim.

PICS: Rihanna And Her FATHER Are Photo’d Out . . . HOLDING HANDS AND GETTING COFFEE!!! (Guess This Means . .. He Ain’t ON THEM DRUGS NO MORE)

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April 04, 2014: Rih and her pops were spotted in Los Angeles getting a cup of coffee. She’s trying to rebuild their relationship . . . you see her dad was hooked on CRACK for most of her life.

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Evian: Spiderman Baby & Me

This is Evian’s latest input for their Baby & Me adverts to promote healthy lifestyle. Awesome!

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I don’t normally post this kind of advert on here, only when they’re awesome; like this one! This is Evian’s latest input for their Baby & Me adverts to promote healthy lifestyle. This time it’s using Spiderman, and a baby Spiderman to dance with! Obviously also to promote the new Amazing Spiderman 2 film but when the advert is as good as this I totally don’t mind! I’d love a whole range of Avengers one too please! Haha

I also love the thumb movement from baby Spiderman at the end. Genius.

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Is Juliet Ibrahim the most beautiful African Actress? (See Photos)

Pretty Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim is breathtaking in this picture and that is why she is todays beauty of the day.

Hate her or love..whatever your emotions are,you are part of the reason she is a celebrity and a google-able name today.

Chei na this type the yoruba forefathers see come halla ”Obe to dun,owo lopa’

CHRIS BROWN: CON AIR TO D.C. NOW BOARDING

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Chris Brown has just been picked up by federal marshals on what will be one of the longest journeys across the country since the prop plane era … TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with the case tell us Chris is on his way to a federal holding facility in San Bernardino to begin his long trip to Washington D.C. … where he will stand trial for assault.

Later today Chris will board a airplane — guarded by U.S. Marshals and appropriately restrained — but the flight is NOT a non-stop.  In fact, we’re told there are so many stops he probably won’t get there until Sunday.

We’re told all of these flights go through Oklahoma, with stops along the way to pick up other prisoners. 

Chris will be in D.C. for a hearing Monday where his lawyer, Mark Geragos, will try to get the charges dismissed because he believes prosecutors inappropriately used the grand jury to gain an unfair advantage in the criminal case.

Now here’s the thing.  If Geragos loses, Chris will sit in a D.C. jail facility until his D.C. trial kicks off on April 17.

MTN Nigeria sacks 252 engineers nationwide

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As a consequence of dwindling revenue, leading Global System of Mobile communications provider in the country, MTN Nigeria, on Monday disengaged 252 of its engineers who were responsible for the operation and maintenance of its base stations nationwide. Our correspondent gathered that most of the disengaged engineers joined the company at inception in 2001 and were involved in the day-to-day running of MTN’s 10,000 base stations all over the country. The company had earlier in March explained that it and other operators were facing the challenge of not only stagnating revenues, but also increasing operating expenses. According to MTN, the network expenses of the operators are increasing due to the overall high inflationary environment along with their network expansion activities, illegal and multiple taxation, high cost of providing power and rising inflation, among others. Follow Us For instance, the company said in 2013, the N34bn spent on diesel formed 12 per cent of its total operating expenditure cost, which could have been used to construct 5,200 new base stations. It said, “Over 200 per cent reduction in headline price points to massive free-fall in tariffs within three years through aggressive price war. “The aggregate spend per subscriber has reduced in the same proposition with the expected net effect from new additions not being sufficient to drive profitable growth.” As a consequence, the firms said it took a decision to focus strictly on areas that would directly impact on its operations, while outsourcing ancillary services to independent service providers. Following this decision, MTN signed managed services contracts with global telecommunications solutions providers, Ericsson and Huawei, who have agreed to absorb 232 out of the 252 disengaged engineers from today (Tuesday). The fate of the remaining 20 is unclear as sources in MTN explained that they might have decided to leave outright rather than transfer their services to other companies, or that they fell short of the requirements of Ericsson and Huawei. The company had said in a statement in October last year, “Under the terms of the contracts, Ericsson will take  over the management, optimisation and field maintenance of MTN’s network infrastructure in Abuja, Lagos, as well as the southern and eastern regions. On the other hand, Huawei will manage Kano and Ibadan regions, thus allowing MTN to focus on providing a superior customer experience across all its network offerings. “MTN will retain ownership and full control of its network assets and continue to have responsibility for strategic design and planning, as well as equipment purchasing decisions.” Our correspondent learnt on Monday that the agreement between Ericsson and Huawei specified that the disengaged engineers would be mandatorily engaged for one year and placed on the same salaries as they were earning in MTN, or even more, after which the firms could decide to continue with their services or not. It was further gathered that in order to make their disengagement seamless and devoid of controversies, MTN implemented a “generous” severance package for the affected workers, and ensured that they did not join the growing list of unemployed people by moving on to another job straight away. When contacted, the spokesperson for MTN Nigeria, Mrs. Funmi Onajide, referred our correspondent to her colleague, Mr. Funso Aina, who said the company stood by its position as stated in the October 2013 press statement. The statement had quoted the Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Michael Ikpoki, as saying, “This engagement with Ericsson and Huawei is a logical step forward in the course of the steady evolution of the telecommunications industry.”

LASU Big Girl Killed, Tongue and Eyes Plucked then Dumped At Ijesha Express

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A 300 level Economics student of the Lagos State University (LASU) identified as Miss Rita Onwuli, has been murdered by unknown persons in Lagos. Her lifeless body was found near a church at the Odo Olowu Street, Ijeshatedo, on the Apapa – Oshodi Expressway, Lagos. It was also revealed that her tongue and eyes were plucked out. According to report, Rita had left home on Tuesday and for three days, she was nowhere to be found. Her friends, colleagues and family members searched for her to no avail and on Thursday, they got the shock of their life as they were called to come and see dead body. Rita’s bag which had some of her personal belongings and her phone was found by her side and that’s how they were able to reach out to some people who disclosed her identity, and promised to come to the scene immediately. A team of policemen from the Ijeshatedo Police Station which had responded to the call by members of the Neighbourhood Watch, had a hectic time dispersing passers-by from taking snap shots of the body and they also declined comment about the incident.

A member of the Neighbourhood Watch, Mr Badmus Azeez Adeniyi, who spoke on the incident said, “There is no clue yet on what could have happened to the lady. But it is like a case of murder that took place somewhere. Apparently, the perpetrators had waited for the cover of the dark to drop her corpse here. Nobody can say exactly when they did this but it surely cannot be anything around 10pm and 11pm last night because we still passed through this area when we were on surveillance watch last night.” When contacted, the LASU Public Relations Officer, Mr Sutton Kayode, said he was going to check if Onwuli was a student of the institution.

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