Friends and family are mourning the loss of Cameron Warwick after the 16-year-old took his own life due to homophobic bullying.
According to Meaww, an inquest was heard in Portsmouth Coroner’s Court relating to the death of 16-year-old Fareham, Hampshire resident Cameron Warwick. In court, it was heard that Cameron came out as gay when he was 12. Cameron has been constantly bullied at school since then, according to his mother. Now, it appears that the teen decided to end his life.
As Kerry Warwick said about her son, who was autistic and struggling with depression, he had resorted to self-harm after years of bullying. She says her son dealt with kids calling him names. She also recalls hearing of students throwing food at him during lunch breaks.
“They would bully him and isolate him,” she explained. “They would throw things like food at him, trip him up in the corridor, and call him horrible names like ”autistic f***”.’ The bullies would prey on the fact he was gay. He was ostracized, with pupils refusing to sit with him and calling him names.”
“One boy at school told him he was ugly,” added 16-year-old Bill Ashcroft, who was a school friend of Warwick’s. “He didn’t keep his mental health a secret, if something was wrong he would always talk to us about it.”
Unfortunately, things didn’t get better when Cameron tried to take a gaming course for university credit. After finding out that he didn’t get one of the required GCSE grades, Cameron Warwick decided to study Computer Design. But, it seems the failure had taken a toll on Cameron’s psyche.
“Over the rest of the school holiday, his mood didn’t really improve,” Kerry told the hearing. “I tried to comfort him because he did get six GCSEs at grade 4 and above, but he could only see the Maths grade.”
Then on September 4, 2019, Cameron Warwick did not turn up to college. He, unfortunately, chose to take his life.
“Cameron was a much-loved, gentle and kind young man,” Kerry and her husband Alan Warwick said in a statement after his death. “His illnesses made it impossible for him to continue to live in a world which he did not understand, and one which made little effort to understand him.”
They added, “We miss him with all of our hearts, and would urge others to be compassionate to other people’s vulnerabilities, or to share their own and seek help to avoid other such tragedies.”