Child abuse campaigner claims her 14-year-old son was "bullied to death" after he was found dead at their home

'My son was bullied to death': Child abuse campaigner grieves after 14-year-old son is found dead at their homeTeenager Ayden Olson was found dead at home in ColchesterMother Shy Keenan claims he was bullied to deathUnclear if Ms Keenan believes he was bullied at school or elsewhere

By
Anna Edwards

PUBLISHED:

11:17 GMT, 15 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:18 GMT, 15 March 2013

A 14-year-old boy who was found dead at his home was 'bullied to death', his heartbroken mother claims.

Teenager Ayden Olson, was found at his home in Colchester, and his mother Shy Keenan wrote on Twitter that her son had been persecuted.

Ms Keenan, a prominent child abuse campaigner, yesterday posted a picture of son on Twitter, with his date of birth and death and wrote underneath it: 'bullied to death'.

Shy Keenan is devastated after her 14-year-old son Ayden Olson was found dead at their Colchester home

Shy Keenan is devastated after her 14-year-old son Ayden Olson was found dead at their Colchester home

Shy Keenan is devastated after her 14-year-old son Ayden Olson was found dead at their Colchester home

It is not clear at this stage where and by whom Ms Keenan, 49, believes the bullying took place.

Ms Keenan has been a high-profile media campaigner, alongside Sara Payne, calling for tougher controls on paedophiles.

Yesterday, Ms Keenan, updated her Twitter page with a picture of Ayden and his name, date of birth and death.

Her Twitter page was updated late last night and simply said: 'Shy and Tim's beloved son Ayden died today age 14 – no further update at this time…'

Hundreds of people have flooded the devastated mother's Twitter page, sending her messages of consolation, love and support.

Stunned pupils at the Philip Morant School, Colchester, were told of the death in the afternoon and have been offered counselling.

Ms Keenan has been a high-profile media campaigner, alongside Sara Payne, calling for tougher controls on paedophiles.

She exposed her own stepfather as an abuser after she made an undercover film of him confessing to the catalogue of abuse.

A flurry of tributes were sent to the grieving mother, who is a high profile child abuse campaigner

A flurry of tributes were sent to the grieving mother, who is a high profile child abuse campaigner, and posted a picture of him on her Twitter page

A spokesman for Philip Morant School said: 'Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

'Ayden was a much-loved pupil who brought joy to the school.

'The school community is incredibly saddened by his loss and we ask that people respect the privacy of his family and friends during these devastating circumstances.

'We would urge any student who feels overwhelms or upset to talk to someone about their feelings and seek support.'

A flurry of tributes have come in on Twitter and Facebook, including messages of support from Dr Payne and actress and knife-crimes campaigner Brooke Kinsella.

His friend Megan Grinham posted: 'RIP to the most wonderful boy Ayden. At dancing, he always made us laugh. Praying for his family.'

An Essex Police spokesman confirmed the teenager's death was not being treated as suspicious.

She said: 'The coroner has been informed of the death and police will be conducting further routine enquiries.'

Ms Keenan wrote a book about her harrowing upbringing called 'Broken' and has continued her campaigning in recent weeks.